Warriors beat LeBron's Cavs to snap NBA title drought

Wed Jun 17, 2015 2:11am EDT
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By Frank Pingue

CLEVELAND (Reuters) - The Golden State Warriors capped a brilliant season with a 105-97 victory over LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday to win the NBA Finals for the first time in 40 years.

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

NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Andre Iguodala, who had not started all season until Game Four of the Finals, and Stephen Curry each had 25 points for Golden State, while James again led the way for the injury-hit Cavaliers with a game-high 32 points.

"I've seen this on TV so many times, dreaming about what it would be like to pour champagne on yourself and when that moment comes and I'm holding the trophy, champagne is falling on my face, that's when it all sinks in that this is real," said Curry.

"Best champagne I've ever had in my life."

Golden State became the first team since the 1991 Chicago Bulls to win the NBA title with a roster absent any previous finals experience.

For James, who averaged 35.8 points per game, 13.3 rebounds and 8.8 assists in the Finals despite playing with an injury-hit team, the loss dropped the greatest player of his generation to 2-4 all-time in the NBA's championship series.

"When you fall short, it hurts and it eats at you, and it hurts me to know that I wish I could have done better and done more and just put a little more effort or whatever the case may be to help us get over the hump," said James.   Continued...

The Golden State Warriors celebrate with the Larry O'Brien Trophy. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports