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By Guillaume Mahot
Golden State, without too much suspense, is the new NBA champion 2017. The Warriors celebrated the title at home after Game Fifth and an ultimate victory 129-120 in Oakland, closing the Finals series with a severe 4-1 against Cleveland. The Cavaliers were overwhelmed, as every contender actually, but they were the only team to defeat Golden State in these playoffs.
The squad coached by Steve Kerr counts sixteen victories for one single defeat in these playoffs…Last Monday, the Warriors made the difference thanks to Kevin Durant, 39 points and MVP of the finals, Steph Curry (34 points), while Klay Thompson was more discrete with 11 points. Andre Iguodala was essential with 20 points.
For Cleveland, the poor game from Kevin Love (6 points) was well redeemed by JR Smith (25 points, 7/8 on 3-point shots). LeBron James had 41 points. The Cavs collapsed in the last quarter, all the more as Kyrie Irving was injured in the second half and thus unable to shoot properly, as his air balls can tell.
It is the second title in three years for the Warriors (three finals over the last three years as well). The next NBA season will be about finding an adequate adversary for such a team. Cleveland? The Knicks? The Spurs?