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Warriors Defeat Cavs in Game 6 to Win NBA Championship

Andre Iguodala Named Finals MVP
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For the first time in 40 years, the Golden State Warriors are NBA Champions.

In a fitting end to a spectacular, record-breaking season, the Warriors defeated the Cavs 105-97 in Game 6 on Tuesday night to win the NBA Finals 4-2. Draymond Green recorded a triple-double, Stephen Curry notched 25 points, eight assists and six rebounds, and Andre Iguodala recorded 25 points, five boards and five assists on his way to being named NBA Finals Most Valuable Player.

It took a little while for the Warriors to settle in, but once they did, they sure looked good. The Cavs opened the game on 7-2 run. Then, the Warriors found their groove. Stephen Curry scored all nine of his first quarter points in a span of 4:15, a stretch in which the Warriors regained the lead by way of an 11-1 run. Then, Andre Iguodala took the reigns. After missing his first three shots of the game, Iguodala sank three of his next four, including a three-pointer to put the Dubs up 23-15 with just over two minutes left in the period. That trey began an 8-0 Warriors’ run to close the quarter, as the Dubs headed into the second frame holding a 28-15 lead. Ball movement proved to be the key to Golden State’s early success, as the Dubs recorded assists on 11 of their 12 first quarter field goals. Cleveland didn’t do themselves any favors, as the Warriors notched 14 points off the Cavs’ nine turnovers.

Warriors Win 2015 NBA Championship

The Warriors take the NBA title in Cleveland after beating the Cavs in Game 6 of the NBA Finals.

Game 6: Warriors at Cavaliers - 6/16/15

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Warriors Win 2015 NBA Championship

The Warriors take the NBA title in Cleveland after beating the Cavs in Game 6 of the NBA Finals.
Jun 16, 2015  |  01:52

Warriors vs. Cavaliers Game 6

Stephen Curry scored 25 points, grabbed six rebounds and dished out eight assists to lead the Golden State Warriors over the Cleveland Cavaliers and to the NBA Championship, 105-97.
Jun 16, 2015  |  03:05

Stripped By Iggy

Andre Iguodala strips the ball and finds Stephen Curry ahead of the pack for the layup.
Jun 16, 2015  |  00:34

Iguodala For Three

Stephen Curry passes to Draymond Green who finds Andre Iguodala behind the arc for three.
Jun 16, 2015  |  00:27

Curry Lefty

Leandro Barbosa picks off the pass and turns to find Stephen Curry who scores on a left-handed layup.
Jun 16, 2015  |  00:30

June 16: Daily Zap

Check out the action from Game 6 of the NBA Finals as the Warriors win the series 4-2 and clinch the NBA Finals.
Jun 16, 2015  |  02:10

Iguodala NBA Finals MVP

Adam Silver presents Andre Iguodala with the Bill Russell NBA Finals MVP Award.
Jun 16, 2015  |  01:23

GameTime: Draymond Green

Draymond Green joins the GameTime crew to talk about his Game 6 triple double and the Warriors winning the NBA championship.
Jun 16, 2015  |  06:05

GameTime: Andre Iguodala

Andre Iguodala joins the GameTime crew to talk about receiving the MVP of the NBA Finals and the Warriors winning the NBA championship.
Jun 16, 2015  |  06:26

Play of the Day - Festus Ezeli

Festus Ezeli follows up the Stephen Curry miss with a slam and he draws the foul.
Jun 16, 2015  |  00:34

The Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy Presentation

Adam Silver presents the Larry O'Brien Trophy to the Golden State Warriors.
Jun 16, 2015  |  09:02

The Curry Family Celebrates

Stephen Curry and his family celebrate after the Warriors win the NBA title.
Jun 16, 2015  |  00:20

Andre Iguodala Postgame

Andre Iguodala is interviewed on court following the Warriors victory.
Jun 16, 2015  |  01:14

Green To Curry

Draymond Green passes to Stephen Curry going backdoor for the layup.
Jun 16, 2015  |  00:21

Warriors on Finals Victory

The Warriors talk about defeating the Cavs in Game 6 and becoming the 2014-15 NBA Champions.
Jun 16, 2015  |  06:36

''Go Big Or Go Home'' - Game 6

Here's a special slo-mo look at Game 6 of the NBA Finals set to American Authors new single, ''Go Big or Go Home''.
Jun 17, 2015  |  02:15

GameTime: Warriors Locker Room Celebration

The GameTime crew go inside the Warriors locker room celebration.
Jun 17, 2015  |  10:50

2015 Finals: Game 6 Mini-Movie

For the first time in 40 years, the Golden State Warriors are NBA Champions. Here's an all-access pass to the Warriors series-clinching Game 6.
Jun 17, 2015  |  06:26

As well as the Warriors played in the opening quarter, the Cavs responded in a big way once the second frame began. After Leandro Barbosa sank a three-pointer to halt a Cavs’ 6-0 run to begin the quarter, Cleveland then held the Warriors without a field goal for the next 4:42, a stretch in which they began to claw their way back into the game. Thanks to that stout defense, the Cavs found themselves down only five points at 32-27 with 6:36 left, before Draymond Green finally took the lid off the basket for Golden State with a turnaround bank shot. From there, Cleveland began to utilize its advantage in the paint and on the glass, as their frontcourt of Timofey Mozgov, Tristan Thompson and LeBron James were responsible for all of their scoring for the remainder of the half. Thompson’s putback slam with 3.0 seconds left completed an 8-2 Cavs’ burst to close the quarter, as the teams headed into halftime with the Warriors clinging to a slim 45-43 lead.

Cleveland continued that surge into the second half, as the Cavs opened on a 4-0 run to ultimately regain the lead at 47-45 just over a minute into the third quarter. It didn’t last for long, however, as the Warriors immediately responded with a 9-0 run of their own to get back on top. Golden State then held Cleveland to only four made field goals for the rest of the quarter, as the Warriors stretched their lead thanks to contributions from an unlikely source. Festus Ezeli scored eight consecutive points for the Dubs over a span of 2:35 to put his team up 71-58 with 1:32 left to play in the quarter. Draymond Green followed that with a bank shot to give the Warriors a 15-point lead, placing the Cavs in a position that no other team in 58 tries had been able to overcome this season; that is, erase that 15 point lead and come back all the way to win. Cleveland closed the third frame on a 3-0 run, but ultimately, the Cavs had dug themselves too deep a hole.

The Cavs were down, but they weren’t out yet, and the opened the fourth quarter like a team fighting for their playoff lives. After Leandro Barbosa scored the opening basket, Cleveland responded with a 7-0 run to pull within seven points with 10:13 remaining in the game. The Warriors called timeout, and in the process, somehow ignited their three-point shooting. Following the timeout, the Cavs would make all of their next three shots, and yet, the Warriors’ lead grew even larger as the Dubs went 5-of-6 from the field, including 4-of-4 from three-point range. At that point, the Warriors found themselves up 89-75 with 6:45 left in the game, and even a late Cavs’ burst combined with some poor Golden State free throw shooting would not be enough to allow Cleveland back in the game. After a Shaun Livingston layup once again pushed the Warriors’ advantage to 15 points, Cleveland gave it their last shot. They responded with a 15-6 run to pull within 100-94 with 37.9 seconds left to play, but it was simply too little, too late. Curry and Iguodala combined to sink five free throws the rest of the way, as the Warriors held on for a decisive 105-97 victory to win the series 4-2 and notch the franchise’s first NBA Championship in 40 years.

As the players, coaches and owners of the Warriors gathered on stage to be presented with the Larry O’Brien trophy, it was only fitting that Andre Iguodala, the veteran who had accepted the team-first mentality from Day 1 that was so essential to the Warriors’ success all season long, was presented with the Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award. After 40 years of waiting and a season in which they won 67 regular season games, set countless franchise and league records, the Golden State Warriors are now NBA Champions.

It was truly the only way this dream of a season could have ended.


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