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NBA finals: Warriors down Cavaliers to win second championship in three seasons

  • Golden State beat Cleveland in Game 5 to take series 4-1
  • Kevin Durant named finals MVP after scoring 39 points in clincher
  • LeBron James scores 41 points but cannot salvage series for Cavs

Exactly five years ago Kevin Durant faced LeBron James in his first NBA finals matchup, ultimately losing 4-1. This year the tables were turned. Durant led the Golden State Warriors to a 129-120 victory over James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 5, earning his first championship. It is the supremely gifted Warriors’ second title in three years.

Durant, who was later named the series MVP, put in another great performance, scoring 39 points and becoming the first player with five straight 30-point games in the finals since Shaquille O’Neal in 2000. “It’s just a great group of guys, great community, great arena, great fans,” Durant said after the game. “I’m just so happy to be a part of it. I can’t wait to celebrate with my team-mates in the locker room.”

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