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Warriors back as NBA champions

The Golden State Warriors have won their second NBA championship in three seasons, beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 129-120 on Monday in Game five.The victory capped a near-perfect run for the champions through the playoffs.

The Warriors, who beat Cleveland in the 2015 Finals only to lose to them last year after squandering a 3-1 series lead, went a record-setting 15-1 in the playoffs, their only loss coming in Game Four of the best-of-seven championship.

Durant and Curry: pivotal to Golden State Warriors victory
Durant and LeBron James in a bear hug after the match

Kevin Durant, the MVP of the finals led the way for the Warriors with 39 points.

But it took a team effort for the Warriors to overcome a determined Cavaliers’ squad, including contributions from 33-year-old veteran Andre Iguodala and 21-year-old Patrick McCaw.

LeBron James had a game-high 41 points but defensive breakdowns by Cleveland led to easy baskets late in the game for the Warriors, igniting a deafening crowd.

It was the first career title for Durant, who left Oklahoma City last July to join the Warriors amid expectations he and Golden State would fill trophy cases.

Durant became the first player with five consecutive 30-point performances in the NBA Finals since Shaquille O’Neal in 2000.

The Warriors also won titles in 1947 and 1956, when the team was based in Philadelphia, and took the crown in 1975 and 2015 after moving to the San Francisco Bay area.

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