Golden State Warriors Get The Best Of The NBA's First Finals Trilogy

Golden State Warriors Get The Best Of The NBA's First Finals Trilogy

Golden State Warriors Get The Best Of The NBA's First Finals Trilogy

Durant didn't just join the Championship ready Golden State Warriors and bask in the limelight of the Splash Brothers. In the three years since, the team's shooting efficiency improved every single year, making them the second-best shooting team in the National Basketball Association last season. At the end, we get to see a clash of the titans.

Golden State Warriors secured the title by winning Game 5 129-120 at Oracle Arena to take the series 4-1, the team's second in three years.

"It was 55 seconds left, and I went other over to half-court line, and I bent down, and I'm like, 'Is this really happening?' " Durant said after the game. "You just pick yourself back up and you keep pushing and you keep going".

Golden State Warriors players, coaches and owners hold up the Larry O'Brien NBA Championship Trophy after Game 5 of basketball's NBA Finals between the Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Oakland Monday.

It was an unprecedented third consecutive meeting between the clubs in the finals and both appear ready to continue their domination of conference rivals on the way to an annual showdown for the crown. Pretty much all their guys are in their 20s. They were possibly the best team of all-time and certainly the best of the last 20 years.

The Warriors already had Steph Curry (2 x NBA MVP), Klay Thompson (NBA All-Star), Andre Iguodala (NBA Finals MVP) and Draymond Green (NBA All-Star) in their line-up.

"It's encouraging. Quite encouraging", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. It has been great three-year run, but we feel like we can carry this forward. "See what we're missing", Green says, recounting the text message he sent Durant.

The Cavaliers exceeded the luxury tax previous year by $54 million trying to make James happy, and they lost $40 million for the season.

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Barnier, following the talks in a joint press conference with Davis, said: "Today we agreed on dates". In a nod to the difficulty of that issue, Mr Davis said it took up more time "than anything else".

Beating Cleveland two out of three in the first rivalry to be featured in three consecutive finals didn't hurt the sense of drama the Warriors aroused all season. How does he not compromise the squad needed to fight past rivals to reach the finals? "I work hard, I believe in myself, I believe in the game, I respect the game, I love the game, and I knew at some point in my life that it will come around for me".

"Teams and franchises are going to be trying to figure out ways that they can put personnel together, the right group of guys together to be able to hopefully compete against this team". I don't see a big gap.

Over the five-game series, 32 million people had 242 million interactions on Instagram related to the NBA Finals.

Still, as I sit here with my GM cap on, I can't stop thinking about how Durant-to-Boston makes too much sense.

James is still under contract with the Cavaliers through the 2017-18 season, so the earliest that he can move west is during the summer of 2018.

The Warriors tallied 35 bench points in game five, while Cleveland managed just seven points outside their starting five. It's such unselfish nature that has helped the Warriors flourish.

"We put in everything we had, our heart, soul and sweat, everything", he said.

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