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Instant Replay: Warriors dethrone Cavs, win second title in three years

Instant Replay: Warriors dethrone Cavs, win second title in three years

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OAKLAND -- They finished it off.

And they did it in style, with 19,596 souls at sold-out Oracle Arena spending the fourth quarter standing and staring and screaming.

The Warriors, considered by many as a Super Team, derided by some as Super Villains, are Super Champions.

With Kevin Durant scoring a team-high 39 points and Stephen Curry tossing in 34, the Warriors outlasted a resilient Cavaliers team 129-120 in Game 5 of the NBA Finals Monday night to win their second title in three years.

Andre Iguodala fired in 20 points off the bench, Klay Thompson had 11 and Draymond Green added 10, along with a team-high 11 rebounds as the Warriors concluded the postseason at 16-1, the highest postseason win percentage in NBA history.

The Warriors won despite giving away 25 points in turnovers, being outscored in the paint 62-52 and being outshot 53.4 percent to 51.1. Cleveland won the second-chance-points battle 20-15 and the fast-break points battle 25-18.

LeBron James poured in a game-high 41 points to lead Cleveland, while Kyrie Irving tossed in 26 -- 0 in the fourth quarter.

STANDOUT PERFORMER:
Iguodala was tremendous off the bench. Curry did plenty of damage. Green brought fire and hard-hat production. Durant punctuated a magnificent Finals performance with his best offensive show.

Durant’s line: 39 points (14-of-20 shooting from the field, including 5-of-7 beyond the arc, 6-of-6 from the line), seven rebounds and five assists. He played 40 minutes and finished plus-18.

TURNING POINT:
Trailing the Cavaliers 41-33 after a James dunk with 10:14 left in the second quarter, the Warriors reeled off a 21-2 run to go up 54-43 on a Curry floater with 4:40 left in the half.

The Cavs trailed by 11 (71-60) at the half, by five (98-93) after three quarters. They got as close as three (98-95) early in the fourth before the Warriors pulled away down the stretch, outscoring the 31-27 in the final quarter.

INJURY UPDATE:
Warriors: No injuries listed. C Damian Jones and F Kevon Looney were placed on the inactive list.

Cavs: No injuries listed. G Kay Felder and C Edy Tavares were placed on the inactive list.

WHAT’S NEXT:
The victory parade is set for Thursday in Oakland.

Report: Steph Curry went to Draymond Green's house to get his side of story

Report: Steph Curry went to Draymond Green's house to get his side of story

Programming note: Watch Thursday night's Warriors-Rockets game streaming live at 5pm PT on the MyTeams app.

Steph Curry was not in Los Angeles for the Warriors' game on Monday night. He was not on the floor at the end of regulation when Draymond Green and Kevin Durant said some things to each other that they both probably wish they could take back.

The two-time MVP did not make the trip because he stayed in the Bay Area to get treatment for his strained groin. So on Tuesday, he needed to get to the bottom of what happened in the time just before overtime started vs the Clippers.

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So what did Curry do exactly? Here are the details, from Marcus Thompson of The Athletic:

Durant has said he doesn’t want to lead anybody on. But Green is part of a contingent that believes Durant has a hand in creating the hype about his free agency, a tangential focus that detracts from their mission of winning a third straight title.

Myers and Kerr were made aware of Green’s concerns in their meeting. Green also shared them with Curry, who visited Green’s house before Tuesday’s game to get Green’s side, Curry’s efforts to repair the situation.

If you haven't been following "Warriors Twitter" -- in the last 36 hours there have been plenty of jokes made about how Curry doesn't accompany the team on one road trip and everything starts to fall apart.

Exhibit A:

Curry has missed the last three games and the Warriors have three more games this week -- at Houston Thursday, at Dallas on Saturday and at San Antonio on Sunday.

It should be a very interesting weekend in Texas...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Warriors player: With what Draymond Green said, 'no way' Kevin Durant returns

Warriors player: With what Draymond Green said, 'no way' Kevin Durant returns

Programming note: Watch Thursday night's Warriors-Rockets game streaming live at 5pm PT on the MyTeams app.

Let's just say that things have been better between Draymond Green and Kevin Durant. Right now, the relationship is in trouble.

We all know that the two got in a heated confrontation at the end of regulation on Monday night in Los Angeles, and as of late Tuesday night, they hadn't hashed out anything yet.

Durant will become an unresticted free agent in July and nobody has any idea what the two-time Finals MVP is going to do. But according to one anonymous Warriors player, things are not looking good for Golden State.

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“With what was said, there is already no way Durant is coming back,” a member of the team told Marcus Thompson of The Athletic. “The only hope is that they can say this summer, ‘See, KD. We’ve got your back. We protected you from Draymond.’"

Oh. OK.

Perhaps this is why Steph Curry said this prior to Tuesday's game vs the Hawks:

Through 15 games, the Warriors are 12-3 and in first place in the Western Conference. They are good enough to keep winning games as the parties involved try to sort through this serious predicament.

But as Thompson writes: "This isn’t a situation that will just blow over."

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller