This could be the beginning of scripted history for Golden State Warriors after they beat arch-rivals Cleveland Cavaliers 129-120 to clinch the NBA title. This was their second title in the last three seasons. Before the decider, the Cavs had pulled a game back to take the aggregate to 3-1, but the Warriors showed some great attacking blitz that the Cleveland side had no reply to.
This victory was a great one because of two reasons. First, the Dubnation avoided a giveaway of their two games lead to the Cavs like last year and second, it was legendary Kevin Durant’s first NBA title. After facing a host of criticism from the entire basketball fraternity last year, when Durant left Oklahoma City last year to join the Dubs as a free agent last year, his move was finally justified.
It was a great night for Durant, who was later announced as the finals’ MVP, as he scored a massive 39 points for the Warriors. Durant drove left, right and down the middle, knocked down 3-pointers, dished and dunked. He hit a 17-foot fade away over James early in the fourth quarter, then assisted on a 3-pointer by Andre Iguodala the next time down as the Warriors pulled away. He nearly set an impressive NBA Finals scoring record too, as he scored a whopping 176 points; second only to Allen Iverson’s 178 in 2001. The 28-year-old superstar averaged 35.2 points, 8.4 rebounds and 5.4 assists in the series.
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As for the Cleveland Warriors, it was a disappointing night as they were leading the Warriors at the end of the first quarter. They, however, didn’t put up a fight and eventually lost the tie despite James scoring 41 points. They just didn’t look like the team that overcame a 3-1 deficit over the same opponent just a year ago.
With this victory, the Golden State Warriors have made a firm statement. After winning the title twice in 3 seasons, they may well have done a progression of being one of the finest teams of all time. This win, which in so many ways was reminiscent of last years’ finals, was a bold statement of the maturity of certain players in the Dubnation.
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With the addition of Kevin Durant and the presence of the ever dependable Stephen Curry, the Warriors could become one of the greatest sides of all time in the NBA. They make a strong claim of not just being a title-winning team, but that of an NBA dynasty.
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