Golden State Warriors are the new NBA champions

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In a great match between two extraordinary clubs, the Golden State Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers in Oakland (129-120) and won the NBA title for a second time in the last three years.

Golden State made a decent performance in the second and fourth quarter and prevailed over their opponents to return to the top, with Kevin Durant being unstoppable (39 points, seven rebounds, five assists).

Stephen Curry made a double-double for the winners (34 points, 10 assists), with Andre Iguodala also being a game changer (20 points, 9/14 shooting).

On the other hand, LeBron James once again did his best  for Cleveland (41 points, 13 boards, eight assists), however he couldn’t lead his team to the second straight league title.

Kyrie Irving scored 26 points (on 9/22 shooting) and J.R Smith added 25 (on 7/8 from beyond the arc) for the losing squad.

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In the first quarter, both teams executed very well offensively, with Cleveland managing to earn a four-point advantage, after 10 minutes in the game (37-33).

Later, though, the Warriors simply exploded. Playing impressively on both ends of the floor, they went on a 36-15 run to take a 17-point lead (69-52), as they closed the first half in front by 11 (71-60), outscoring their opponents 38-23 in the second quarter.

In the second half, the Cavaliers fought back and started enhancing their performance, both offensively and defensively. Thanks to a series of big shots, they cut the deficit to five, at the end of the third quarter (98-93).

In the fourth quarter, though, Golden State and Durant were simply unstoppable and brought their lead back to double digits (122-108).

The defending champions couldn’t turn things around again (129-120) and, consequently, the Warriors claimed their second NBA title in the last three years.