Irving saves his best for when Cavs face Finals elimination

Cleveland fans chanted as they walked toward the exits.

Kevin Durant's road to redemption ended with an NBA Finals MVP trophy in his arm.

But if history somehow repeats itself, it actually would be a bigger collapse than past year since the Warriors led this series 3-0.

"We didn't play up to the level we were supposed to, and they exposed that and took advantage of it and came out and played extremely well", Kevin Durant said. "But as long as collectively as a group that everyone feels good, then my opportunities will come on breakdowns from their defense and offensively and things that we can be sharper at". "I don't see anything's amusing or anything's to smile about". Overall, they have more weapons and they appear to have grown and matured from last year's meltdown.

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The Warriors are up 3-1 in the series and are looking to win their second title in three years at home. The Cavaliers won that game to start what became the biggest comeback in NBA Finals history. They would get a big basket, make a big stop, change the momentum in myriad ways.

Iguodala chipped in with 20 points off the bench and Draymond Green had a 10-point, 12-rebound double-double for the Warriors, who topped 100 points for the 17th straight time in the playoffs. "I think try to duplicate what we did last game of being physical, getting back in transition, holding this team to only 14 points in transition, which is going to be tough".

They won game five 129-120 at home in Oakland on Tuesday (NZ time) to complete a dominant 4-1 final series victory over LeBron James' Cavs.

Golden State would rather forget that monumental collapse previous year, when Green's absence for Game 5 because of flagrant foul point accumulation helped swing the series.

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Warriors coach Steve Kerr was in denial a year ago. "But last year is last year, this year is this year". I know my teammates do as well. "But we'll go back and tee it up again".

"They're coming right after us so we have to go after them".

They were correct. The Warriors, who cruised through the post-season, only dropping a single game throughout, defeated the Cavs to reclaim the top spot in the league. But they have to do it four straight times to keep the crown that they brought home from California last June. The Warriors needed to not get overwhelmed by the enormity of the moment, even as they chased a title in front of a typically boisterous crowd.

The unbeaten talk is gone. And especially the more subtle digs made by mainstream TV shows.

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