OAKLAND, Calif.-- The Golden State Warriors won Game 5 of the NBA Finals and their second title in three years Monday night. The final score was 129-120.
With back-to-back steals, the Cavaliers were able to take the lead early. LeBron James and Kyrie Irving both had 12 points in the first quarter, making the score 37-33.
But the Warriors went on a run with about 6 minutes left in the half. Soon after, things got heated between David West, and Irving and Tristan Thompson. West, Thompson and J.R. Smith were given technical fouls.
Smith went three for three beyond the three-point arc. It was 71-60, Warriors, at the half.
Despite struggling in the first four games of the series, Thompson came alive with 15 points and 5 rebounds after three quarters.
The Cavaliers closed the gap to 5 points in the fourth, but that didn't last long.
The Cavaliers had a huge Game 4 Friday night to extend the series against Golden State.
The Cavs won, 137-116, with 49 points in the first quarter alone. Kyrie Irving, who was off his game early in the NBA Finals, came alive and put up 40 points. Cleveland also finally saw production from its role players, like Kyle Korver.
Game 4 was also the most physical of the NBA Finals with seven technical fouls, a flagrant foul, and LeBron James and Kevin Durant getting in each other's faces.