The 40-year wait is over. Say goodbye to the interminable misery and despair and shame that has haunted the Warriors and their fans for decades.
The. Warriors. Are. Champions.
A 105-97 victory over the Cavaliers in Game 6 of the NBA Finals Tuesday night at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland punctuated the best season in franchise history and gave the Warriors their first title since 1975,
The Warriors were too deep, too good and, ultimately, too relentless for the pesky but undermanned Cavaliers.
Andre Iguodala and Stephen Curry led the Warriors in scoring, each finishing with 25 points. Draymond Green laid down a triple-double, with 16 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.
Shaun Livingston and Festus Ezeli, both coming off the bench, finished with 10 points apiece.
LeBron James, without his customary energy for most of the night, led the Cavaliers with 32 points, 18 rebounds and nine assists. He was 13-of-33 from the floor.
James, however, was not enough for a Warriors team that came in waves, in different formations – nearly all of them smallish and ferocious.
The Warriors used their trademark defense to force 19 turnovers and hold Cleveland to 39-percent shooting from the floor. That was enough to offset the Cavs’ advantages in rebounding (56-39) and free throw attempts (39-29).
Significant contributions came from multiple sources, with Iguodala and Curry and Green doing most of the heavy lifting.
Iguodala’s line: 25 points, five assists, five rebounds, two steals, and constant, enduring defense on James.
Curry, in addition to his scoring, submitted eight assists and three steals.
Green, becoming the first Warrior to record a postseason triple-double since 1962 (Guy Rodgers), tap-danced all over the stat sheet.
With Cleveland scoring back-to-back baskets to take a 47-45 lead with 10:54 left in the third quarter, the Warriors responded with a 24-8 run, taking a 69-55 lead with 3:04 left in the quarter.
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Iguodala accounted for 7 of the points, as the rally pretty much extinguished any hopes the Cavs had. Though Cleveland got within four (101-97) inside the final minute, the Warriors held on.
Warriors: No injuries listed. F Brandon Rush and C Ognjen Kuzmic, both healthy, were placed on the inactive list.
Cavaliers: G Kyrie Irving (left knee surgery), F Kevin Love (dislocated left shoulder) and C/F Anderson Varejao (ruptured left Achilles) were listed as out.
The championship parade is scheduled for Friday in Oakland.