NBA Champs! Warriors defeat Cavs in Game 5 to win title

Game 5 was attached to plenty of "Could this really happen, this way, again?' angst".

The Golden State Warriors secured their second National Basketball Association championship in three seasons with a 129-120 Game Five win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday, capping a near-perfect run through the playoffs.

Had Durant been whistled for the foul, Warriors coach Steve Kerr likely would have had to put him on the bench for the final 10 minutes of the first half. And in these Finals, it was well-earned.

Irving looks forward to joining James for a possible fourth consecutive trip to the NBA Finals. You could feel the nervousness circling the building. But then the Cavs did something that no team had ever done. "Nothing you can look back on and now we just got to prepare and get ready again". It's official - Not always needed during the regular season, as Curry and Thompson continued to lead the team, Durant patiently waited for his opportunity to make this team and city his own.

Durant, who signed as a free agent in the offseason, seemingly hit a shot every time the Cavaliers threatened in Game 5.

The league continues to try to use the leverage of the collective bargaining agreement - salary caps and incentives - to get superstar players such as Durant to stay with their teams.

He also praised opponents Cleveland Cavaliers led by forward LeBron James and guard Kyrie Irving for a competitive series and not giving up. Although Love was a threat on the glass, picking up 10 rebounds, it took him until the 3rd quarter to register his first points of the game, whilst Irving went scoreless in the 4th despite playing a strong in the first three-quarters where he scored 25.

Golden State took the best-of-seven series 4-1, reclaiming the throne they lost to the Cavaliers a year ago. The Warriors would not surrender and pushed back harder with both Curry and Durant showcasing their talents. But they were delivered a prime chance to vanquish that loss - and the 3-1 ghosts that haunted them - at home in Game 5.

The Cavaliers had a strong start.

"I want to say a special "thank you" to (assistant) Mike Brown for keeping this ship sailing smoothly while I was out". The Cavaliers' 24 three-pointers set a Finals record, their 49 first-quarter points set a Finals record and so did their 86 first-half points.

In Game 5 he was 14-of-20 from the field, including 5-of-8 on 3-pointers. In each match of the Final, the former star of "Oklahoma" has scored at least 30 points.

The Warriors held the lead throughout the fourth quarter, and survived the Cavs tough shot making.

Despite James' game-high 41 points, defensive breakdowns by the Cavs allowed Golden State to sink in easy baskets late in the game to ignite deafening noise from home faithful.