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How The Golden State Warriors Didn't Let This One Slip Away

There's a new dynamic duo in town
by John Paulo Aguilera | Jun 13, 2017
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This Golden State Warriors entered the season with lofty expectations, and they delivered convincingly as the 2017 NBA Champions.

After the Cleveland Cavaliers played spoilers to a Dubs postseason sweep in their last meeting, the latter was hell-bent on revenge. Game 5 started out as anybody's for the taking, until Golden State pulled away during the fourth quarter and never looked back.

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The Cavs got everything from LeBron James (41 points, 11 rebounds, and 8 assists), Kyrie Irving (24 pts, 6 ast), and of all people, JR Smith (7-8 3pt, 26 pts), but still couldn't prevent the Warriors from bringing the title back to Oakland.

All GSW had to do was play to its strengths, which are these three factors:

Stephen Curry

The two-time MVP wasn't going to let another cold-shooting night from deep (2-9 3pt) limit his game, contributing in other areas—10 assists, 6 rebounds, and 3 steals. He wound up with 34 markers (12-15 ft), including a clutch 3 that has laid to rest the ghost of Irving's dagger last year.

The same could be said for Draymond Green (10 pts, 12 reb, 5 ast, 2 stl) and Klay Thompson (11 pts, 5 reb), who both made up for their respective poor field-goal percentages with timely plays.



Andre Iguodala once again performed when it mattered most and validated his spot in the Warriors' 'Death Lineup.' The 33-year-old turned a robust 38-minute stint into an efficient 20-point outing (9-14 fg).

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Reserves Patrick McCaw, Shaun Livingston, and David West largely outplayed their counterparts while the starters rested. It felt like the Golden State's 2015-16 second unit hasn't left.

Kevin Durant

The only way a superstar could match LeBron's historic triple-double average is if he becomes the fifth player to score 30+ pts in each of the first five games of the Finals. KD did just that:

The unanimous Finals MVP didn't get fazed even if his rival got the better of him in a couple of plays, putting up a cool 35.2 points, 8.4 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game, on his way to capturing his first NBA title.


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