Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Warriors Finish off Cavaliers Golden State Earns 1st Title in 40 Years

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Warriors Finish off Cavaliers Golden State Earns 1st Title in 40 Years

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CLEVELAND - Those thousands and thousands of "All In" T-shirts that the Cleveland Cavaliers had been giving away to fans for the NBA Finals? They don't fit any longer.

The Cavaliers now are "All Out."

The Cavaliers are out of playoff lives and the city of Cleveland's hopes of getting its first professional championship in 51 years came to an end Tuesday night. There was a party without confetti at Quicken Loans Arena - for the road team.

The Golden State Warriors won the NBA championship with a 105-97 victory against the host Cavaliers in Game 6 of the seven-game series.

Golden State was in a euphoric state as the Warriors won their first championship in 40 years. The previous time they won, Rick Barry was shooting underhand free throws for the Warriors. This time, Stephen Curry and his fellow marksmen were shooting over everybody and anybody. Golden State made 13 3-pointers in the game, and they didn't even need a terrific effort from star guard Stephen Curry, who finished with 25 points. Andre Iguodala, who wasn't even a starter when the series began, had another big game with 25 points and was named NBA Finals MVP.

"The whole playoff run is such a long grind," said Golden State coach Steve Kerr, who became the first rookie coach to win a title since Pat Riley did it with the Lakers in 1982. "I mean, it's been two months for these two teams, and it's a great test of your patience, and your will, and your perseverance, because it really is a roller-coaster ride as you go."

But the Warriors were the ones with their hands in the air when the ride ended because their "team" was deeper with talent.

The loss ended an unforgettable NBA Finals performance by Cleveland's LeBron James. He came into Game 6 averaging 36.6 points, 12.4 rebounds and 8.8 assists in 45 minutes a game and he nearly had his third triple-double of the series when he finished with 32 points, 18 rebounds and 9 assists. …

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