The 40-year-long wait finally ended on Tuesday at Quicken Loans Arena. Golden State Warriors were chasing history, and the mission was accomplished last night. The Warriors attempted 8,900 shots this season, bewitched every opponent and entertained the fans with their finesse on court. Golden State won game 6 over Cleveland Cavaliers 105-97, with it wrapping up the final series winning 3 games on a row to clinch the 2014-15 NBA title.
MVP Stephen Curry finally outplayed vintage LeBron James, who made giant strides in the finals averaging 36.6 points, 12.4 rebounds and 8.8 assists through the first five games to lift the Cavs. He seldom sat out in the series, playing at least 45 minutes in each of five games. The Cavs led 2-1 after game 3, but after that the Warriors tactics paid off to throttle their attack. LeBron James’ brilliance was outplayed by the Warriors’ team game. James rued the absence of injured point-guard Kyrie Irving ahead of game 2 and throughout the series the David Blatt side missed the performance of Irving and Kevin Love.
Stephen Curry scored 25 points to lead the Warriors on Tuesday. Andre Iguodala also added 25 to the winners tally. Curry notched up a record by sinking 98 3-pointers in the playoffs, a mark of his exceptional display this season that earned him the title of MVP and turned out to be a lethal weapon to lead Golden State to bury every opponent this post-season.
“I’m kind of speechless,” said Curry after lifting the trophy in air. “This is special. To be able to hold this trophy and all the hard work we’ve put into it this season, this is special. We’re definitely a great team and a team that should go down in history as one of the best teams from top to bottom.”
James had 32 points, 18 rebounds and 9 assists in his solo effort to force a game 7 for a championship-starved city which last won a pro-sports title in 1964, when the Browns won the NFL upsetting hot favorites Baltimore Colts. The agony of Cleveland continued, as James could only extend a hand of congratulations to an advancing Curry after the final buzzer.
“Doesn’t matter if I’m playing in Miami or playing in Cleveland or playing on Mars.” James couldn’t hide his dejection after the game. “You lose in the finals, it’s disappointing.
The Warriors led by only 2 points at half-time, but pushed forward to lead 61-51 in the 3rd quarter. After thriving some anxious moments in the final quarter Curry and Co finally achieved the glory of hoisting the glittering Larry O’Brien Trophy, presented by the NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.