Revived by a fresh-faced shooting superstar and a first-year coach who made them believe, the Golden State Warriors again reign supreme.
Their 40-year NBA championship drought is finally over.
A half century of misery in Cleveland drags on. LeBron James just didn’t have enough help.
Stephen Curry and Andre Iguodala scored 25 points apiece, Draymond Green recorded a triple-double and the Warriors – using a barrage of 3-pointers in the fourth quarter – won their first title since 1975 by finishing off James and the Cavaliers 105-97 on Tuesday night in Game 6 of the finals.
For the first time since Gerald Ford was in the White House, disco was in vogue and Rick Barry was flicking in free throws under-handed, the best pro basketball team resides in the Bay Area.
And these Warriors are a lot like Barry and his old crew: fluid, balanced, together.
After falling behind by two points early in the third quarter, the Warriors took control with Curry, the league’s MVP, and Iguodala leading the way.
They outscored the Cavaliers 28-18 in the third quarter, quieting a rocking Cleveland crowd and opening a lead even the brilliant James couldn’t overcome.
James had 32 points, 18 rebounds and nine assists and was superbly dominant during the series, showing why he’s the world’s best player.
The Warriors were simply the better team.
(Best-of-7; x-if necessary)
Golden State 4, Cleveland 2
Golden State 108, Cleveland 100, OT
Cleveland 95, Golden State 93, OT
Cleveland 96, Golden State 91
Golden State 103, Cleveland 82
Golden State 104, Cleveland 91
Tuesday: Golden State 105, Cleveland 97