Golden State Warriors Win First NBA Title in 40 Years, Beat Cavaliers 105-97

The Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 105–97 Tuesday night in Cleveland to win their first NBA Championship since 1975.

The Warriors won the NBA Finals four games to two, winning the last three contests.

Andre Iguodala, who started zero games during the regular season but was inserted into the first five during the Finals, was named MVP of the series.

The Warriors won the game by hitting seven more three-pointers — a margin that was larger until J.R. Smith hit four late, long-range shots — and forcing the Cavs into 19 turnovers.

At first, The Warriors were based in Philadelphia, where they won the first NBA title in 1947 and one in 1956. Six years later they moved to the Bay Area when they were the San Francisco Warriors until 1971.

In 1975, the Warriors beat the Washington Bullets in the finals with four straight victories.