The basketball world should have seen it coming after one of the most dominant regular seasons in league history. But so many doubted the Golden State Warriors as the postseason began, and even more were skeptical of their title chances when LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers took a surprising 2-1 lead in the Finals.
But there’s nothing else to say now. The Warriors are champions.
Behind a triple-double from Draymond Green and typically stellar performances all around, Golden State beat Cleveland, 105-97, in Game 6 to hoist their first Larry O’Brien trophy since 1975. Stephen Curry scored 25 points, matching Andre Iguodala for the team-high, but it his was shooting again in the final session that squashed any chance of a Cleveland comeback.
LeBron, again in a losing effort, finished one assist shy of his third triple-double of these finals. His final line: 32 points (13-of-33 from the field, including 2-for-10 from deep), 18 rebounds, nine dimes, two steals and six turnovers continued his unprecedented workload with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love out.
But the better team won, even if the best player in the world did not.
The Warriors are your 2015 NBA Champions.