Warriors secure spot among legends by dumping Cavaliers

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Monday night's episode of Jeopardy!, which was nearly certainly pre-recorded weeks or even months ago, ended up being well-timed for the Warriors' Game 5 win to become the 2017 NBA Champions.

The second National Basketball Association championship feels drastically different for Curry, because this one was a comeback from a heartbreaking missed opportunity past year against James and the Cavaliers when the Warriors knew they should have won it all but squandered a 3-1 lead.

Not many were happy with Kevin Durant's decision to join Golden State Warriors a year ago.

What made them great: With Cousy controlling a powerful offense and Russell patrolling the paint for the league's leading defense, the Celtics outscored teams by more than nine points per game while going 23-5 and 11-3 on neutral courts - yes, National Basketball Association teams played neutral-site games back then.

KD was relentless on both sides of the court, playing a menacing defence and igniting the league's best offence.

Out of the timeout, the Warriors got a layup from Durant, but the Cavaliers answered that with a layup from Thompson and a pull-up three-pointer from James from the left wing, which gave Cleveland a 20-11 advantage. They finished one victory short of the NBA's first flawless postseason, but bounced back from their Game 4 loss to Cleveland in the NBA Finals with another high-scoring performance. The Warriors were expected to come out guns blazing since they were back home and they did that up to a point in the first quarter as Cleveland were determined to keep their season alive, winning the first quarter and turning the Oracle Arena into a silent collection of golden t-shirts.

"I don't feel like I sacrificed at all", Klay Thompson said last week.

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Outmatched by the Warriors, James and Irving nonetheless put on an offensive spectacle for the second year in a row, scoring 67 combined points in Game 5 after scoring 71 combined points in Game 4 and 77 combined points in Game 3.

"I have no reason to look back at what I could have done or what I should have done or what I could have done better for the team", said James, who averaged a triple-double during the series-33.6 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists.

The Cavaliers would benefit from adding another star player to the roster, but one of their biggest weaknesses is their bench.

"To be back here and bring gold Larry (O'Brien) back home, I'm just excited to be a part of this group and accomplish something special". But even James knows he has plenty to think about if he wants to compete with this Warriors team moving forward.

Zaza Pachulia was the nominal fifth starter, but the Warriors always seemed to take their game to another level when they replaced their center with veteran wing Andre Iguodala. Durant and Curry each averaged approximately 35.5 minutes per game this postseason. "I left everything I had out on the floor every single game for five games in this Finals, and you come up short", LeBron said. The Warriors played it exactly when they needed to.

Their approach was methodical as they outscored Cleveland 38-23 in the second quarter with Durant and Curry doing their best MJ and Pippen imitation. They came close, dropping a game to Milwaukee in the Eastern Conference finals but then sweeping the Lakers in the Finals. "So, you wouldn't hold your head down, but you would be like, OK, it's just not my time". "Pretty much all [the Warriors'] big-name guys are in their 20s, and they're showing no signs of slowing down". However, he has played in a remarkable seven straight championships.

"I don't know. I'm not a - I'm not the GM of the team".