Golden State Warriors are NBA Champions

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Photo above: The Golden State Warriors celebrate receiving the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy after
winning Game Six — and the NBA Finals — in Cleveland, Ohio. June 16, 2015. (YouTube)

Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio: It was Game Six of the NBA Finals and the Cavaliers crowd was pumped up for their team, improbable Eastern Conference Champions, taking on the best team in the NBA — the Golden State Warriors.

Andre Igoudala guarding LeBron James
Andre Igoudala guarding LeBron James

LeBron James made is making a case for himself to be the MVP of the series and if the Cleveland Cavaliers were able to win Game Six and Seven and the trophy, there is no doubt James would be the NBA Finals MVP. This is by far the best NBA Finals performance of his career. In the previous five games James had scored a total of 183 points, averaging 36.6 points per game. He was also averaging 8.8 assists and 12.4 rebounds per game.

But on the other side of the ball were the Golden State Warriors, the team with the best record in the NBA and the league’s current MVP, Steph Curry. Golden State was one win away from clinching it all and Curry has had a spectacular series as well, especially in games four and five. When asked about covering Curry, who made some incredible shots and handled the ball like a wizard, Cavs head coach David Blatt said there is nothing anyone can do to stop Curry when he’s at his best and Curry had been in the previous two games — he scored 37 in Game Five.

The Warriors could taste the thrill of an NBA title and they were confident they could close out the series on the road.

Steph Curry bringing the ball up the court, with Harrison Barnes out front and Matthew Dellavedova defending for the Cavaliers.
Steph Curry bringing the ball up the court, with Harrison Barnes out front and Matthew Dellavedova defending for the Cavaliers.

But the Cavaliers were on their home court and they have LeBron James, who has been unstoppable. On top of that the Cavaliers had to win Game Six. Every man that was going to play had to be near perfect. The Cavs knew they couldn’t leave it all up to their star player, if they were to see a Game Seven. They need to slow down the Warriors and force them to make difficult shots. It was a desperate situation for Cleveland, but sometimes desperation can be the best motivation.

Game Six was a hard fought, physical game because it was all on the line.

The Golden State Warriors won, 105-97. Andre Igoudala was the Finals MVP. For the entire regular season and all but the last three games in the playoffs, he was the Warriors’ sixth man, but in games four, five and six he started and that changed the series. As a result the Warriors won three straight games to close out the series.

Below is my video report from the game.

(All photos by Claudia Gestro unless otherwise noted.)