Warriors beat Cavaliers to win NBA Finals

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green left and guard Stephen Curry celebrate during the second half of Game 5 of basketball's NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Oakland Calif. Monday June 12

They defeated 2016 champions Cleveland Cavaliers 129-120 to win the best-of-seven series 4-1.

Steve Kerr's team were haunted by their blowing of a 3-1 lead in the finals a year ago as a LeBron James-inspired Cavaliers fought back to win the series in Oakland in game seven.

Durant - who swapped the Oklahoma City Thunder for the Warriors in search of an elusive title - scored 39 points on 14 of 20 shooting with seven rebounds and five assists.

"Our perspective, being blessed to play on this stage three years in a row, it's for these fans, for our organisation, for these families".

"I just wanted to lay it all out there. We battled and I told him we're tied up now and we'll try to do this thing again".

Durant took home a championship and a Finals Most Valuable Player award Monday night by adding to the Golden State Warriors' strength in numbers that overpowered James' strength in statistics.

He also produced what will likely go down as the signature moment of the Finals when he hit a three-pointer over LeBron James with 45 seconds left in Game Three that gave the Warriors the lead for good and all but sealed the Cavaliers' fate.

Golden State already looked the part of a dynasty in the making after back-to-back NBA Finals appearances, a championship in 2015 and a record-breaking 73-win regular season effort the following season. Consider this: Warriors guard and two-time NBA MVP Steph Curry averaged 26.8 points, 9.4 assists and 8 boards during the Finals.

For the third year in succession the two teams met in the Finals, but after going 3-0 down this time around, Cleveland were only able to pull one game back before the Warriors secured the trophy in game five. They went 16-1 in the playoffs. West, Thompson and J.R. Smith received technicals after a replay review. He had 10 points, 12 rebounds and five assists in the clincher.

Having added Durant last off-season to the talents of Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green among others, it was perhaps hardly surprising they should sweep all before them. The Warriors swept the Portland Trail Blazers, Utah Jazz and San Antonio Spurs to earn their NBA Finals berth.

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.

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