THE Golden State Warriors capped their impressive season with a 129-120 home win over the Cleveland Cavaliers to claim the NBA title on Monday in Oakland (Tuesday, Manila time).
Kevin Durant was the Warriors’ dominant force until the end of the series, delivering 39 in the Game Five title clincher, his first crown in a decade in the NBA.
With Durant’s fellow former MVP Steph Curry also coming up huge with 34 points, the Warriors managed to overcome a second-quarter slip when they fell behind by eight even as Klay Thompson struggled.
It was Andre Iguodala, the 2015 Finals MVP, who provided a huge lift with 20 points off the bench as Thompson managed to chip in only 11.
The Warriors claimed their second title in three years, finishing with a league best 16-1 postseason mark.
LeBron James had 41 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists in 46 minutes of action.
Three other starts delivered double figures, with Kyrie Irving coming up with 26 points and JR Smith chipping in with 25.
Tristan Thompson again came up with a fine performance with 15 points, but Kevin Love managed only six points on 2 of 8 shooting.