Warriors defeat Cavs to win first NBA title in 40 years

The inexperienced Warriors stood up to adversity in the grueling series and overturned an unexpected 2-1 deficit to sweep the Cavaliers since game 4 and claim the title.

The city of Cleveland's 51-year title drought across professional sports continues despite exceeding expectations and battling through injuries and with a depleted line-up in these Finals.

The Cavs lost All-Star guard Kyrie Irving to a broken kneecap in overtime of game 1 after a scintillating performance, and they survived to the Finals without starting big man Kevin Love who suffered a shoulder injury in the first round.

With sheer will, grit and desire from James, the revelation of Matthew Dellavedova and a short 7 to 8 men in rotation, the Cavs pushed the Warriors and gave them a real scare for the second time in the postseason.

Golden State turned the series around in game 4 as they played small ball with Iguodala starting for the first time in the season. The pace quickened and it's been much more difficult for an undermanned Cleveland to counter since.

The Warriors raced to build a 13-point edge in the opening period of game 6 with 4 triples collectively right away along with 11 assists. But the Cavaliers imposed a slower pace in the second to chop the deficit to just 45-43 at the half and take the lead 47-45 to start the third.

Golden State, though, responded with a 7-0 spurt for a 53-47 advantage which soon turned into a 15-point edge towards the end of that quarter.

The Cavaliers did not go down without swinging as they came to within 101-97 with 37.2 remaining on a Smith triple as they played the foul game but the Warriors hung on.

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 – Rappler.com