A 25-point performance in Tuesday's decisive Game 6 and continued lockdown defense on LeBron James propelled Andre Iguodala to be named the 2015 NBA Finals MVP.
"This has been a long ride," Iguodala said. "It's been a great season."
Warriors head coach Steve Kerr inserted Iguodala into the starting lineup for the first time all season -- in a surprise move -- for Game 4, putting center Andrew Bogut on the bench and electing to play small ball against the Cavaliers.
Iguodala responded with hard-nosed defense on James -- holding him to just 20 points on 7-22 shooting in the Warriors' 103-82 win.
Iguodala also started Game 5, scoring 14 points and snagging eight rebounds to go along with seven assists and three steals at Oracle Arena to put help the Warriors ahead in the series 3-2, setting up Tuesday's performance in the deciding Game 6.
"I always said Andre's a pro's pro," Warriors forward Draymond Green said. "He's a professional guy and it showed, and that's why he's MVP of the series and that's what we're champions."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.