The Golden State Warriors eliminated the Cleveland Cavaliers, 129-120, to claim the NBA championship. The game took place on Monday, June 12, 2017, at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.
Both teams came out of the locker room primed for action. The first quarter was a competitive affair featuring eight lead changes and four ties. The officials called the game close, and Warriors stars Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson were both assessed two fouls early in the period. They sat on the bench for much of the first quarter.
Cleveland shot extremely well in the first with 61% of field goals made, while the Warriors suffered with only 31% shooting in the period. The Cavaliers led the Warriors, 37-33 at the end of one quarter.
The Warriors came back strong in a combative second quarter. Cleveland scored the first points of the quarter. Golden State then went on a 21-2 run to retake the lead and push it to as many as 17 points, 69-52 late in the period. The second quarter ended with the Warriors leading the Cavaliers, 71-60.
Stephen Curry was outstanding for the Warriors, scoring 20 points in the half. That was the most points he has scored in a half during the finals. Kevin Durant was one point better for Golden State with 21 points in the first half.
The Cavaliers clawed back into the game in the third period. The Warriors led early in the third by as much as 14 points. Cleveland played some great offense and took advantage of Golden State fouls to close the quarter with the Warriors holding a slim 98-93 lead.
However, Cleveland could not overcome the Warriors’ lead in the final stanza. They came to within 3 points of Golden State, 98-95, in the first minute of the fourth quarter. The Warriors would not surrender and pushed back harder with both Curry and Durant showcasing their talents. In addition to the starters, Golden State’s bench players were outstanding. They were led by Andre Iguodala who had 20 points.
Lebron James played magnificent for the Cavaliers and finished leading all scorers with 41 points. Durant led the Warriors in scoring with 39 points, followed by Curry who had 34 points and 10 assists.
Durant scored 30 or more points in all five finals games. He is the first player to do that since Shaquille O’Neal in 2000 with the L.A. Lakers. He was the deserved MVP for the NBA Finals in 2017.
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