The Golden State Warriors have regained the NBA Championship with a 4-1 series win defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Warriors secured a 129-120 victory on Monday to take their second title in three seasons and cap a near-perfect run through the play-offs.
Golden State beat Cleveland in the 2015 Finals only to lose to them last year, squandering a 3-1 series lead.
Warriors forward Kevin Durant, 28, was named the Most Valuable Player of the Finals.
“I couldn’t sleep for two days,” Durant said. “I was anxious, I was jittery.
“I just wanted to lay it all out there. I put in work, I just had to trust in it. We were really good tonight.”
For the third year in succession the two teams met in the Finals, but after going 3-0 down this time around, Cleveland were only able to pull one game back before the Warriors secured the trophy in game five.
Durant, who joined from the Oklahoma City Thunder last summer, was key to the Warriors’ victory and their 16-1 postseason run – the best in the league’s history.
The first-time title winner scored 39 points as point guard Stephen Curry posted 34 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland.
LeBron James, last year’s Finals MVP, led the Cavaliers with 41 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists but it was not enough as the home team came out on top.