The Golden State Warriors capped off their historic regular season with their first championship in 40 years, taking home a 105-97 victory in Game 6 over the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena.
After falling behind 2-1 in the series, the Warriors did exactly what they did against the Memphis Grizzlies, controlling the next three games to win the series. Golden State jumped out to a fast start in Game 6 before Cleveland got back into it and actually took a lead early in the third quarter, but the Warriors surged back and won comfortably.
Andre Iguodala put the cherry on top of his masterful series with another huge performance, scoring a season-high 25 points on 9-of-20 shooting while adding five assists. Draymond Green notched a tripled-double with 16 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. Stephen Curry also scored 25 points and dished out eight assists as he expertly navigated pick-and-rolls for much of the night.
For the undermanned Cavaliers, they just didn’t have enough without Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. LeBron James put forth another massive stat line, tallying 32 points, 18 rebounds and nine assists. He again struggled with his shot, going just 13-of-33 from the field and 2-of-10 from three. He missed a lot of shots and free throws short, as the huge minutes load caught up with him.
This was a more competitive series than people thought it would be after Irving went out, and LeBron and the Cavaliers deserve a ton of credit for fighting. But the Warriors were ultimately just too good, and Steve Kerr deserves plenty of credit himself for changing things up with his starting lineup change midway through the series.
This was truly an incredible season from the Warriors, and it only feels right that they end the year as champions.