Warriors' Game 5 win wraps up highly-watched NBA Finals

Golden State Warriors Beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 129-120 to Win the NBA Title

After losing their grip on a 3-1 lead in The Finals in 2016, the greatest team in National Basketball Association regular season history decided it needed one more piece before they could take down LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Take it from another Finals MVP: those five games Kevin Durant were among the greatest in Finals history. With career averages of 27.1 points, 7.3 rebounds, 7.0 assists, and 1.6 steals per game, 3 NBA Finals MVP (2012, 2013, 2016) 4 NBA Most Valuable Player awards (2009, 2010, 2012, 2013) and 13 NBA All-Star (2005-2017) appearances, he probably has nothing to be ashamed of.

Not to mention he got a quick jab at his critics with a well-timed Nike commercial shorty after the confetti fell in Oracle Arena.

The Cavs lost Game 5 of the NBA Finals to the Warriors Monday night, 129-120. James, a three-time champion himself, couldn't help but recall his own first championship when asked about how he felt about Durant winning.

For the third straight year the Warriors and Cavaliers faced off in the NBA Finals, marking the first time in NBA history that the same two teams have reached the finals three years in a row.

This time, King James gave way to KD, who was the NBA Finals MVP 10 years after being picked second in the NBA draft behind Greg Oden. Owners decided past year to help teams retain their star free agents, and the Warriors are poised to exploit the changes in order to dominate the future following their 2017 NBA Finals win.

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"It was 55 seconds left, and I went other over to half-court line, and I bent down, and I'm like, 'Is this really happening?' " Durant said after the game.

There is no doubt the Warriors are a super team, with a roster that features Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant - both league MVPs - as well as Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. "I think our guys just did a good job of hanging in there".

LeBron James was remarkable in defeat, however.

JR Smith had 3 points on 1-6 shooting in the first two games.

"As long as they stay healthy and stay together, this team could be a dominant force over the next five or six years, without question", Barry said. "But obviously as a team we're going to have a conversation".

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