Jun 17, 2015 12:00 AM
CLEVELAND (AP) - The Bay Area can prepare for another championship parade, although the locals have waited 40 years to celebrate an NBA title.
The Golden State Warriors are champions for the first time since 1975 following a 105-97 triumph over the Cavaliers in Game 6 at Cleveland. Andre Iguodala (ig-ah-DAH'-lah) and Stephen (STEH'-fehn) Curry each scored 25 points and combined for four free throws in the closing seconds. Iguodala came away with the Bill Russell Award as MVP of the finals.
Draymond Green compiled a triple-double with 16 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for the Warriors, who won despite being outrebounded 56-39.
Cleveland made it interesting after the Warriors went ahead by 13 with just under two minutes left. J.R. Smith drained a 3-pointer that got the Cavaliers within 101-97 in the final minute before the Warriors clinched it at the line.
The Warriors closed out the finals despite a poor performance by Klay Thompson, who scored just five points on 2 of 7 shooting before fouling out with 4:16 remaining. However, Thompson drained a 3-pointer that put Golden State ahead by 14 with about seven minutes to play.
Shaun Livingston picked up the slack for Thompson, delivering 10 points off the bench on 4-for-6 from the field.
LeBron James was unable to deliver Cleveland's first championship team since 1964, although he finishing with 32 points, 18 boards and nine assists in almost 47 minutes. James shot just 13-for-33 from the floor and missed eight of his 10 3-point attempts.
Smith had 19 points off the bench for the Cavs.
The Warriors took the title by winning the last three games after falling behind 2-1 in the series.
Golden State's Steve Kerr is the first rookie coach to win the title since Pat Riley with the Lakers in 1982.
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