Golden State crowned NBA champions after 40 years

Iguodala named playoffs' MVP as Warriors withstand LeBron-led fightback by Cleveland to win Game Six.

    Warriors became the first team to win the title behind a roster without any previous finals experience since 1991 [EPA]
    Warriors became the first team to win the title behind a roster without any previous finals experience since 1991 [EPA]

    The Golden State Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 105-97 in Game Six to win the NBA Finals for the first time in 40 years.

    The Warriors, the top-seeded team in the playoffs after bringing the best record from the regular season, won the best-of-seven championship series 4-2.

    Last 10 NBA champions
    2015 - Golden State Warriors
    2014 - San Antonio Spurs 
    2013 - Miami Heat 
    2012 - Miami Heat 
    2011 - Dallas Mavericks 
    2010 - Los Angeles Lakers 
    2009 - Los Angeles Lakers 
    2008 - Boston Celtics 
    2007 - San Antonio Spurs
    2006 - Miami Heat 

    Stephen Curry and NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Andre Iguodala had 25 points apiece for Golden State while LeBron James once again led the way for the injury-hit Cavaliers by pouring in a game-high 32 points.

    The victory made Golden State the first NBA team to win a title behind a roster without any previous finals experience since the 1991 Chicago Bulls.

    Having trailed by 13 points late, home team Cleveland pulled within four in the final minute, but the Warriors held firm to clinch the title.

    Cleveland opened with a 7-2 run to whip an anxious home crowd into a frenzy but Golden State weathered the storm with a solid finish to the opening quarter and built a 28-15 lead.

    Golden State closed out the quarter with an 8-0 run that included three-pointers from Iguodala and Shaun Livingston sandwiched around a put-back basket from Nigerian Festus Ezeli.

    LeBron James was the top-scorer in the game once again but failed to stop Golden State from winning the title [AP]

    After a quiet start to the game, James helped Cleveland narrow the gap with a three-pointer from the corner as part of his team's 11-4 run to open the second quarter.

    Cleveland, despite a slew of turnovers, battled mightily throughout the second before finally cutting the deficit to two points when Tristan Thompson slammed down a put-back dunk as time expired in the first half.

    The Cavaliers carried momentum into the early moments of the second half where they moved in front for the first time since early in the game.

    But the Warriors responded brilliantly with an 8-0 run that forced the Cavaliers to call a timeout.

    Golden State, powered by Iguodala, then built a game-high 15-point lead with a minute left in the third.

    The Cavaliers came out hard in the fourth quarter and showed they were ready for a fight when James forced a turnover before racing down the court for a dunk.

    James' basket capped an 8-0 run that put Cleveland within seven points with 10 minutes to play.

    But from there the Warriors used a slew of three-pointers to hold the Cavaliers, who were largely undone by 19 turnovers in the game.

    Warriors' guard Andre Iguodala was named the Finals' MVP [Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports]

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera and agencies


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