‘We just want to put this behind us’: Warriors beat Cavs, win NBA title

The Golden State Warriors won their fourth straight title with a 117-103 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday night.

The victory was the Warriors’ fourth straight over the Cavaliers, the NBA’s reigning champions.

Stephen Curry had 28 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists and six steals for the Warriors, who won their fifth straight. 

Curry finished with 32 points and 10 rebounds.

He finished with 10 assists and eight rebounds.

“I thought we were ready to play, I thought we played really hard,” said Stephen Curry, who finished with 31 points.

“We played a great game.

It was a great win.

It’s a really special team win.

We’re just happy to have the title.”

The Cavaliers, who were in their first round, had won the previous five meetings between the teams.

Cleveland had won six straight meetings in the series before this one.

The Warriors outscored the Cavaliers 24-14 in the paint, with Curry hitting 7 of 12 shots.

The Cavaliers outrebounded the Warriors 18-8 in the first half, including 7 of 8 from beyond the arc.

Curry made six of seven shots in the second half and scored 15 of his 20 points in the third quarter.

“They’re a team that we’ve seen over the years, they’ve had a lot of success over the last couple of years, and we’re just ready to see them again,” Curry said.

“That’s the main thing, to come out and do it.

This is one of the great rivalries in the league.”

LeBron James scored 28 points for the Cavaliers.

James also had 16 rebounds for the Golden State. 

“He was phenomenal,” Cavs coach Mike Brown said of James.

“He just showed what he can do offensively, defensively, all the way around.

That’s a very good sign for this team.”

James scored 18 points, including four 3-pointers in the final 2:17 of the second quarter, as the Cavaliers won their eighth straight game.

The Golden States went on a 13-0 run in the closing seconds to push their lead to 86-62.

James hit a 3-pointer with 4:24 remaining to make it 87-64 with 9:16 left.

Curry followed with a 3 and a free throw with 2:52 remaining, but Cleveland scored a layup and James missed an 11-foot jumper.

Curry added a 3, a dunk and a layin with 3:13 left to make the lead 83-82.

Curry scored 10 of his 13 points in that stretch.

“It was a very solid performance,” Cavs forward Marcus Smart said. 

James was one of seven Warriors to score in double figures, along with James Harden, Draymond Green and Harrison Barnes.

The Cavs were without All-Star Kyrie Irving and guard Isaiah Thomas, who was sidelined with a sprained left ankle.

Irving had 18 points and seven rebounds for his sixth double-double of the season.

Cleveland’s Kyrie James had a career-high 19 points, and 11 rebounds, as Golden State won for the fifth time in seven games.