Golden State Warriors win NBA championship
The 40-year wait is over.
The Golden State Warriors took out their first NBA Championship since 1975 with a 105-97 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game Six of the NBA Finals this afternoon.
A triple-double from Draymond Green – 16 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists – highlighted the Warriors’ performance while regular season MVP Stephen Curry added 25 points, six rebounds and eight assists.
Andre Iguodala capped off his terrific Finals campaign with 25 points, five rebounds and five assists.
LeBron James once again put in a brilliant performance for the Cavaliers, but his 32 points, 18 rebounds and nine assists weren’t enough against a dominant Warriors outfit.
Only big men Timofey Mozgov (17 points, 12 rebounds, four blocks) and Tristan Thompson (15 points and 13 rebounds) provided any support for James early on, JR Smith ending with 19 points as he tried to give the Cavaliers a fourth-quarter lifeline.
The series-sealing victory looked like it could come without a contest when the Warriors shot out to a first-quarter 28-15 lead, but the Cavaliers – as they have all series – fought manfully to drag the deficit back to a 45-43 scoreline at the half.
The Cavaliers went ahead early in the third quarter, before Golden State found the game-breaking gear they’ve shown so often this season, with Iguodala and Festus Ezeli leading a third period run to give the Warriors a 15-point buffer.
The Warriors were 58-0 when taking a lead of 15 points or more this season, and they made that 59 despite a late run by Cleveland cutting the lead to just four with 33 seconds to go.