If we learned anything from this year’s ruthless battle between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers, it’s that there’s never a dull moment in the NBA Finals. The Warriors led the series 3-2 going into last night’s game at Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena, where they showed up hungry for victory and ready to work. By the second half of the game, it became more and more clear the Warriors were in control. As LeBron said himself, the Cavs simply “ran out of talent.”
Stephen Curry and Andre Iguodala, who was named the Finals’ Most Valuable Player, both scored 25 points each to lead the Warriors, ensuring the dreaded championship drought would stick around in Cleveland for even longer. Cleveland has yet to win a major pro sports title in 51 years, when the Browns upset the Baltimore Colts in the NFL Super Bowl. Talk about a dry spell.
LeBron James handled the loss with poise, stating the facts and keeping it as real as possible. The Cavs had 14 assists last night, 9 of which belonged to King James. Injuries are inevitable in the NBA, and unfortunately the Cavs got the short end of the stick with a depleted roster going into the Finals from the start. What would’ve been a battle between two teams with powerful, offensively threatening lineups started as a battle between the Warriors and LeBron, and ended as the same.
James told The New York Times:
“If I could’ve gave more, I would’ve done it.”
The Cavs did have us on the edge of our seats towards the end of the fourth, when JR Smith hit a 3-pointer with 33.2 seconds left to cut the Warriors’ lead to 4. But the Warriors knocked down their free throws when it mattered most, and as the inevitable end approached, James checked out of the game with 10.6 seconds left. James hugged Curry and shook Warrior coach Steve Kerr’s hand.
Once the final buzzer struck and the Warriors officially had the championship in the bag, we immediately thought “SHOW US RILEY,” obviously. Seventy five percent of the reason why anyone was rooting for the Warriors was purely because they wanted to see Riley Curry‘s reaction to her dad Steph’s first NBA title, and that’s just a fact. And after the confirming their title, we received another (and arguably more important) confirmation. Riley Curry is still the cutest kid in the NBA. Check out pics of Steph and Riley, the dynamic duo, and watch them celebrate together, below.
A big congratulations to the Golden State Warriors for a well-deserved championship title. As for the rest of us, try not to think about the fact that you have to wait another full year for the next NBA playoffs. It’s depressing, I know.
SOURCE: The New York Times | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty