Golden State Warriors 105- 97 Cleveland Cavaliers
The Warriors take the series 4-2.
Only the Warriors will be returning to the Oracle Arena. The Golden State Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Quicken Loans Arena. The Warriors, the most prolific 3-point shooters used that to good effect to pull away for good in the 4th Quarter, where they have been strong throughout the series. They were led by Stephen Curry and Andre Iguodala who finished with 25 points each. Dreymond Green recorded his 5th Post-season triple double. LeBron James who has been the focal point of the Cleveland Offense had another brilliant game, but was not enough. His team could not support him enough. He finished with 32 points, 18 rebounds and 9 assists.
The Cavaliers, despite being depleted with injuries were energized by their home fans as they went out to push the series to a game 7. Despite the Warriors capitalizing on a lot of early turnovers, the free-throw attempts of the Cavs kept them within touching distance. The double-teaming efforts by the Cavaliers were not enough to stop Curry who still managed to find his teammates. The warriors began to pull away in the 3rd Quarter, and they were never caught after that. A flurry of 3 pointers midway in the 4th ensured the result is beyond any doubt.
“I’m kind of speechless, this is special. To be able to hold this trophy and all the hard work we’ve put into it this season, this is special. We’re definitely a great team and a team that should go down in history as one of the best teams from top to bottom.” Said by Curry in the post-match interview. Moments later, he was lifting the Larry O’Brien Trophy.
Andre Iguodala, a bench player for the warriors for most of the season was named the finals MVP. The depth of the Warriors squad, their reliability and contributions made them the best team this season. “This has been a long ride, it’s been a great season.” Iguodala said whose defence on the NBA’s best player now was a major factor in their win.
LeBron James was disappointed and said in his post-match interview “Doesn’t matter if I’m playing in Miami or playing in Cleveland or playing on MarsYou lose in the finals, it’s disappointing.” Single handily he led the Cavaliers this far, as the Franchise won their first ever games in a finals series.
The Warriors now have 4 NBA Titles in Franchise History. Coach Kerr finished a combined regular and post season record of 83-20. The 83 wins, is the 3rd highest in NBA history, behind the Michael Jordan led Chicago Bulls. Credit deserves to go not only to the way he moulded and united the Warriors team, but to his tactics. The Warriors squad also stepped up to the challenge.
The only thing left for the Warriors now is to go back to Bay Area, present the trophy to their amazing fans at the Oracle Arena before planning a victory parade. After that, a well-deserved break for them as they would then began to plan for the 2015/16 Season. In what has been a season of many firsts for the Warriors, they must now look to maintain this success for the future.