Golden State Warriors is the NBA 2015 Champion

Golden State Warriors stamped their class as the best team this season after breaking down LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, 105-97, in Game Six to complete their magical run to the NBA title on Tuesday (Wednesday morning Philippines time) at the Quicken Loans Arena in Ohio. The Warriors, who notched the NBA’s best record (67-15) during the regular season, simply outclassed the Cavaliers all game-long with their crisp passing, hot shooting from downtown and relentless defense to win their first title since 1975. And the Warriors achieved that behind reigning NBA MVP Steph Curry and rookie coach Steve Kerr who became only the first coach in league history since Pat Riley in 1982 to clinch a title in his first year at the helm. Curry and Andre Igoudala, a game-changer in the series with his defense on James and consistent offense, each scored 25 points in the title-clinching game.


James carried the Cavaliers with a near triple-double of 32 points, 18 rebounds and nine assists but couldn’t bring his hometown Cleveland its first professional sports title in almost half a century. Golden State dictated much of the tempo in the first half, with Igoudala making the Cavaliers pay by knocking down open shots and Cleveland struggling and committing turnover after turnover. The Warriors led by 13, 28-15, after the first quarter and maintained their lead until a late Cleveland rally in the second period. With James mostly playing the facilitator role, Cleveland had a hard time to squeeze points from its other players. But an 8-2 run capped by a Tristan Thompson putback dunk in the dying seconds of the first half put the Cavaliers just within two, 45-43, at the break. Back-to-back layups by Timofey Mozgov and Thompson to start the second half finally gave the lead to Cleveland, 47-45. But an 8-0 run ignited by triples from Harrison Barnes and Draymond Green plus a dunk from Igoudala put the Warriors on top again, 53-47. The Warriors since then took control of the game, pushed their lead to 15, 73-58, after a spurt fueled by two straight jams from reserve big man Festus Ezeli. The Cavaliers showed some signs of life at the start of the fourth quarter, scoring seven unanswered points punctuated by a James steal and breakaway dunk that kept them within seven, 75-68, with 10:13 remaining. But the Warriors had an answer to every Cleveland rally, with Curry, Igoudala and Klay Thompson burying triples to stifle any Cavaliers uprising. Cleveland had one more push, erasing a 13-point lead with under two minutes left and trimmed it to just four, 101-97, after a JR Smith triple with 33.2 seconds left. But time wasn’t enough for the Cavaliers to complete the comeback.
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