(KRON/AP) — THE GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS ARE THE 2015 NBA CHAMPIONS. The team’s first title in 40 years.
Meanwhile, half century of misery in Cleveland drags on.
LeBron James had 32 points, 18 rebounds and nine assists in Game 6 and was dominant during the series, showing why he’s the world’s best player.
It just wasn’t enough.
Stephen Curry and finals MVP 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.
“World champs,” Curry said, letting the title sink in. “This is truly special. This group is a special group. From the time we started the season this is what we envisioned and a lot of hard work goes into it, all the way down to the last minute of this game. This is what it’s all about. … We’re going to remember this for a long time.”
With Curry, the team’s first MVP since Wilt Chamberlain, leading them, the Warriors outgunned everyone in the rugged Western Conference and entered the postseason as a No. 1 seed. They swept New Orleans, rallied from a 2-1 deficit to beat Memphis and then blew through Houston in five games to make the finals for the first time since ’75.
They then held off James and the undermanned Cavs, who just didn’t have enough.
END OF 3RD QTR: Warriors 73, Cavaliers 61
Cavaliers coach David Blatt can sense the Warriors ceasing control.
During one of the Cavs’ timeouts, coach Blatt was prodding and urging his worn-out team to make one last run.
Blatt kept saying, “There’s a lot of game left. Don’t put your heads down.”
The Cavaliers are running out of time, and the deficit is growing wider thanks to Andre Igoudala’s 17 points in the game to lead all Warriors players.
The Warriors are 57-0 this season when leading by at least 15 points at any point of a game.
HALFTIME: Warriors 45, Cavaliers 43
The Cavs surged back from a 13-point deficit to trim the Warriors’ lead to two before the end of the first half.
LeBron James has surpassed the 5,000-point milestone in playoff scoring.
With his 12th point Tuesday, James became just the sixth player to reach that number. It came when his 3-pointer with 2:04 left in the first half gave him 14 points for the night.
He’s still nearly 1,000 between career leader Michael Jordan, who had 5,987 points. Rounding out the top five are Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (5,762), Kobe Bryant (5,640), Shaquille O’Neal (5,250) and Tim Duncan (5,113).
UPDATE – 6:50 IN 2ND QTR: Warriors 32, Cavaliers 26
The big difference in the game is the number of times the Cavs have turned over the ball. The Warriors have coughed it up only three times compared to seven for the Cavs.
The Warriors have a little cold streak. They’re shooting 1-for-10 in the 2nd QTR — a three pointer from Leandro Barbosa at the 11 minute mark.
END OF 1ST QTR: Warriors 28, Cavaliers 15
The Warriors are off to a dominating start in Cleveland taking a 13 point lead into the 2nd quarter. It wasn’t all Dubs, though.
Game 6 of the NBA Finals got off to a sluggish start for both sides, especially Golden State. Although the Cavs led 7-2 after 3 minutes of play, both teams struggled to connect on passes and shots.
Steph Curry tied the game at 8 points midway through the quarter and the Warriors kept pouring it on. Curry leads all players in scoring with 9, Andre Iguodala and LeBron James both have 7.
Cleveland coach David Blatt’s decision to keep Timofey Mozgov in the starting lineup has produced mixed results for the Cavs. Mozgov has grabbed the most rebounds in the game, but the Warriors are making shots from every angle on the floor — including inside. Mozgov has contributed only three points, two of which came in the first two minutes of the game.
Timofey Mozgov remains in the starting lineup for the Cavaliers. Let’s see how long he gets to stay on the floor now that Game 6 has tipped off.
The 7-foot-1 center spent almost all of Game 5 on the bench as Cavaliers coach David Blatt went with a small lineup to match up with the one the Warriors were using. Mozgov started but was pulled early and limited to just 9 minutes in that one.
He had scored a career-best 28 points in Game 4 while easily shooting over smaller defenders, so Blatt could leave him out there this time in hopes the Russian big man can do it again.
CLEVELAND (KRON) — The Golden State Warriors have found ways to win despite lackluster performances from NBA MVP Steph Curry and fellow Splash Brother Klay Thompspon in the first three games of The Finals.
But what the Warriors have lacked in individual highlights, they have shown unparalleled depth that has left the Cleveland Cavaliers exhausted.
And now comes the hard part: finishing off LeBron James and the Cavs. They’re leaning against the corner ropes, but they’re far from out of it.
“We have to come out swinging. That’s the only thing we can do,” guard J.R. Smith said. “We’re in a dogfight and our backs are against the wall. The only way we will make it out is to fight.”
The young Dubs have aged years in terms of post season experience. The first two games of the Finals pushed their focus into overtime, and they dominated The King — the self-proclaimed “greatest player in the world” — and his Cavs on the road for a critical Game 4 win.
The key to winning Game 6 in Cleveland and bringing home the team’s first title in four decades depends on how well they can avoid getting too excited and minimize their mistakes, namely turnovers.
“There is a lot of emotion. You’re right there on the cusp of something, but you still have to get the job done, and in this case we’ll be on the road against a great team,” Kerr said. “It’s going to be hard. It’s just the way it is.”
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The Warriors and Cavaliers are paying the price to try and win the NBA title.
NBA teams that didn’t make the playoffs have been on vacation for exactly two months.
Tuesday’s Game 6 will be the Cavaliers 20th game since their regular-season finale on April 15. The 102nd game of the season will tie the franchise record set in 2006-07, when they were swept by San Antonio in their only other NBA Finals appearance.
Coach David Blatt says after all that basketball, “you can talk and you can also talk too much” when it comes to what he tells his players, saying he has to specific and let them play their game.
The Warriors are playing their 103rd game and entered the night with an astounding 82-20 record. Coach Steve Kerr says the long grind is a “great test of your patience and your will and your perseverance, because it really is a roller coaster ride as you go.”
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