For all of the amazing statictics Golden State has been able to pile up, with a franchise record in regular season victories and numerous 3-point shooting records, one simple fact about the team stands above the rest.
In a sign of total domination, a complete team effort, the Warriors extended a streak that has lasted all season, one of unbridled success.
For the 59th time this season, Golden State took a 15 point advantage over its opponent and remained undefeated as it closed out the 2015 NBA Finals with a 105-97 victory.
The Warriors overcame the greatest individual effort ever displayed in NBA Finals history with contributions from an exceptionally deep roster.
Stephen Curry submitted another phenomenal fourth quarter effort, this time totaling 13 points as he connected on a pair of 3-pointers and five free throws in the final minute and grabbed the final rebound of the season to clinch Golden State’s first title since 1975.
When the final buzzer sounded, Curry sent the ball flying in the air and it ricocheted off the jumbotron at Quicken Loans Arena before falling into the hands of Andre Iguodala, a fitting end to a flawless season.
Curry was named league MVP, but the versatility of Iguodala enabled him to claim MVP honors for the 2015 NBA Finals as he submitted his highest scoring effort of all year regular season and the playoffs to close out the series.
Both Curry and Iguodala poured in 25 points on the night, combining to score the final nine points of the game for the Warriors, providing just enough to out last a late game 3-point barrage from Cleveland.
A 3-pointer from J.R. Smith with 33 seconds remaining reduced the deficit for the Cavaliers down to four, but they wouldn’t get any closer, as Curry knocked down a pair of free throws to put the game out of reach.
Throughout the series, LeBron James made his case to become the Finals MVP, as he averaged 35.8 points, 13.3 rebounds and 8.7 assists per game during the series, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the losses of Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving to injury.Cleveland employed an eight man rotation for much of the series and even with the season on the line, didn’t turn to anyone else until the final minute of the contest.
The Warriors claimed the title with a combination of depth and sacrifice.
They broke a slew of records along the way, with a franchise best 67 regular season victories, with 39 coming at Oracle Arena, the most ever totaled by a Western Conference team.
Kerr set the record for most victories by a rookie coach and became the first coach to win a title in his debut season since Pat Reily in 1982.
The success stemmed from the trust he displayed in his team and knowing exactly when an adjustment was necessary.
After starting every game during the first 11 years of his career, Iguodala willingly accepted a role off the bench, serving as the teams’ sixth man until a lineup change was deemed a necessity by Warriors coach Steve Kerr after the team fell behind 2-1 in the series.
The move of Iguodala into the starting lineup opened up the offense, enabled the Warriors to dictate the pace of the game and provided the most reliable defender on James from the beginning of the game.
During the regular season, Iguodala managed just three games with at least 20 points and closed out the year with two 20 point efforts in the past three games.
Iguodala became the first player in league history to win the Finals MVP without starting once during the regular season. James received four Finals MVP votes, but Iguodala won out after capturing seven votes.
While Iguodala took an unexpected path to his first championship, winning the title seemed to be inevitable for Curry.During the regular season, he broke his own record for 3-point field goals made, as he drained 286 shots from beyond the arc, then shattered the playoff record, as he connected 98 times.
Reggie Miller previously held the record with 58 made shots from 3-point range in 2000.
His ability to create open looks off the dribble resulted in unmatched success in shooting the ball from all over the court.
Curry became the first player in NBA history to defeat every other member of the All-NBA First Team in the same season, as he eliminated Anthony Davis in opening round, Marc Gasol during the Western Conference semifinals, James Harden in the Western Conference finals and James in the title round.
While no player could match up individually with Curry for an entire round, there was no team that was more complete than the Warriors.
Now, Golden State finally has its grasp on the NBA’s golden trophy.