Last night was Game 5 of the NBA Finals with the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors. All these games following Game 3 were critical because Golden State was about to sweep their way to the Championship. The first four games on ABC are the highest-rated Finals on TV since 1998 when Michael Jordan led the Chicago Bulls to their sixth title. The Cavs were able to stave off elimination in Game 4, but when the Warriors came back home, they dominated – earning themselves the title NBA Champions.
The Golden State Warriors played one of the greatest playoff performances of all-time with a 129-120 win over the Cavaliers. The Warriors finished their playoff run as the first team with a 16-1 record in the postseason. Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, and Klay Thompson have earned their second ring.
Game 5 Recap
Lebron James had a game-high of 41 points, but the Warriors were just too good. Steve Kerr leaned on Curry and Durant in the pick-and-roll more than ever before. The results were insane. Putting Durant and Curry together makes them almost unstoppable.
The Cavs put up one heck of a fight. They closed out the first quarter with the lead. Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, and Kevin Love were all on the bench with early foul trouble. The fouls and turnovers were heavy on both sides, making the game a little sloppy. The Warriors kept the game close in the second quarter, despite cold shooting. If they were shooting at their usual rate, this game could’ve been a blowout. Kevin Love had only played 7 minutes because of his foul trouble, and the Cavs desperately needed him back in to score. Love had 0 points in the first half.
Come 3rd quarter, the Warriors were in trouble. Cleveland came back playing aggressive and fought for rebounds. Then, KD showed everyone why he joined the Warriors and brought his team’s lead to 7. The Warriors led the fourth quarter 98-93. Then, it was back and forth shots between Durant and James. With 9 minutes left, the Warriors were leading by 10. James took the bench for a short rest, but when he returned, the Warriors were just too hot. It was bucket after bucket for Golden State, and they held on to defeat the Cavaliers 129-120.
Steph Curry celebrated by lighting up a cigar on the court. The backstory? After Game 5 last year, he told one of his friends to save the cigar for a year from now.
The Warriors will go down in history as the rare NBA Champions who didn’t have to overcome adversity. Durant missed 20 regular-season games with a sprained knee ligament, and Kerr sat out 10 postseason contests due to his recurring back issues. Somehow, they were still able to go 26-4 despite all these absences.
Last year, the Warriors had a record-breaking regular season, and everyone predicted they would reign as NBA Champs once again. Then, they humiliated themselves and blew a3-1 lead! How can you recover from an embarrassing loss like that? Get Kevin Durant on your team.
MVP Kevin Durant
Kevin Durant got exactly what he came for. He faced a lot of backlash for leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder to sign with the Golden State Warriors last year. He only needed one season to accomplish his goal: win the NBA Finals.
Even Lebron James had some nice words to say about KD.
“Well, I’m not happy he won his first,” James said, cracking a smile during his postgame news conference. “I’m not happy at all. But at the end of the day, from when I played him in the 2012 Finals to now, like I said, experience is the best teacher in life, and he’s just experiencing and experiencing and experiencing. And it also helps when you are able to experience some things with this team, as well. He felt like he needed to reassemble and reassess his career and come here.”
The Bill Russel NBA Finals MVP Award was presented to Durant after the Warriors victory. He averaged 35.2 points, 8.4 rebounds and 5.4 assists in the series. Durant still has to sign a new deal with the Warriors, but he might have to sign a deal offering less money. This could be the new road to many championships for Durant.
Kevin Durant was all over social media for being a mama’s boy. Five years ago, he lost to the Miami Heat in the Finals and cried to his mom, Wanda, who was waiting for him in the tunnel. Many people call it one of the most memorable off-court moments in NBA Finals history. This year, Wanda was awaiting his Finals victory. They shared an emotional moment at center court – embracing each other with open arms. After his victory, she could barely leave his side. Even during an interview, Wanda couldn’t leave! She was in tears, telling him, “You did it. You did it.”