Warriors complete championship run
Durant’s 39 points help Golden State defeat Cleveland in five games
OAKLAND, Calif. — As the gold confetti fell, Kevin Durant embraced his mother, Wanda. Then he gave Stephen Curry a hug before accepting the NBA Finals MVP trophy and hoisting it for everyone to see.
From the Bay all the way to OKC.
Durant capped his spectacular first season with the Golden State Warriors by winning a championship Monday, scoring 39 points in a 129-120 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers that finished the series in five games.
“It’s just a great group of guys, great community, great arena, great fans,” said Durant, who left the Oklahoma City Thunder to join the Warriors in the offseason. “I’m just so happy to be a part of it.”
Curry added 34 points, 10 assists, six rebounds and three steals as Golden State won its second title in three seasons after squandering a 3-1 lead last year as Cleveland claimed the crown.
“We learned from everything we’ve been through,” Curry said during the trophy celebration. “Our perspective, being blessed to play on this stage three years in a row, it’s for these fans, for our organization, for these families. … I’m ready to do it again.”
LeBron James had 41 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists for the Cavs, who had won Game 4 to deny the Warriors a perfect 16-0 run through the postseason.
“I left everything on the floor every game,” said James, who averaged a triple-double in the series.
Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving scored 26 points but shot 9-for-22 from the field.
Andre Iguodala scored 20 points off the bench for Golden State, which outscored Cleveland 27-4 during a second-quarter stretch.
The Warriors became the first Bay Area team to capture a championship at home since the A’s finished the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 5 of the 1974 World Series.