Golden State defeat Cleveland Cavaliers to claim National Basketball Association crown

The Warriors won in 2015 before Cleveland made its historic comeback previous year.

Durant also becomes the first player since Shaquille O'Neal back in 2000 to tally five consecutive 30-point games in an NBA Finals series.

The Warriors are in the midst of one of the best three-year stretches in National Basketball Association history.

The only way the Warriors could've emerged without legitimate scrutiny was to play like the Goliath people expected. You don't force anybody to have to take that approach, but at the end of the day, we know what's best for us as a group going forward and we're going to do whatever we can to keep this team together. "But one thing I know about LeBron James, though, he'll probably be back in the gym the start of July getting ready for next season".

"The team we had, we were great, right where you want to be", said Warriors forward Draymond Green.

After shooting 55.6 percent and contributing 35.2 points, 8.4 rebounds and 5.4 assists to the five-game domination, he now has a new title.

But he said: "It's a team sport".

Completing a flawless 9-0 run at home during the postseason, the Warriors became the first San Francisco Bay Area team to win a championship at home since the Oakland Athletics won the 1974 World Series. "To play with these guys is fantastic".

Durant, who joined from the Oklahoma City Thunder last summer, was key to the Warriors' victory and their 16-1 postseason run - the best in the league's history.

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"We did it", Durant said to his mom, the only person in the world he listens.

"I had to have a real seminar with myself, like I must be out there looking bad", he questioned. In Game 5 on Monday, Lebron James or Kyrie Irving or J.R. Smith would hit a big shot and the Cavaliers would believe they had a chance. "I'm so happy Kevin has broken through and there's more to come from him". "You can get lost in the daily routines and the hype of what we do on the floor and forget why we're here".

"We came up against a worthy opponent, we weren't able to get over the hump and get it done but there's no such thing as a failed season when you work as hard as we did".

For James, already a three-time champion, the loss puts him in rare - but not ideal - company as only the fourth player to come up short in five NBA Finals.

Steph Curry scored 34 points with 10 assists, while draining 12 of 15 from the free-throw line.

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The Golden State Warriors celebrate after winning the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers. In the other three quarters, Cleveland held a four-point advantage.

Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said there were tears in the locker room after the final defeat, including his own.



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