It was a spirited effort, but ultimately there wasn't much else the Cavs could do.
In a game that was somewhat of an encapsulation of the NBA Finals as a whole, Game 6 slipped away from the Cleveland Cavaliers after a competitive first half, and the Golden State Warriors took the 2014-2015 NBA Championship with a 105-97 victory.
The Cavs overcame a poor shooting first quarter to make the game a 45-43 match at halftime, as the Warriors struggled to stop the Cavs on the glass and weren't getting clean looks consistently. However, their offense got rolling in the third, the Cavs couldn't keep pace because of missed open shots and turnovers (they had 15), and the Warriors kept a double-digit lead for most of the fourth quarter despite a spirited last-ditch effort from the Cavs that saw them within four points inside of a minute.
The Cavs got great performances from their frontcourt, which kept them in the game. Tristan Thompson (15 points, 13 rebounds) and Timofey Mozgov (17 points, 12 rebounds, and four blocks) neutralized the Warriors for most of the game at the rim, rebounded numerous misses from the perimeter, and were pretty solid defensively. Unfortunately, as good as they were, the backcourt struggled mightily, with Matthew Dellavedova, James Jones, Iman Shumpert, and J.R. Smith combining for 23 points on 4-22 shooting before a late J.R. Smith run put him at 19.
And then there was LeBron James. LeBron looked to be pacing himself for much of the first half, and was very willing to get his teammates involved. He turned the intensity up in the second half, but much like through the rest of the series, an absurd stat line (32 points, 18 rebounds, nine assists, two steals) wasn't enough to keep pace with the Warriors. His performance in this series (35.8 points, 13.3 rebounds, 8.8 assists per game is BANANAS) was perhaps the greatest individual Finals performance ever, and we will always be able to remember this series fondly for that.
Credit the Warriors; they were fantastic. Stephen Curry had another huge night, with 25 points, five rebounds, and eight assists of his own. Draymond Green had a triple-double. And they got huge minutes from bench guys yet again, this time with Shaun Livingston and Festus Ezeli combining for 20 points and excellent play against the Cavs' small-ball lineups. This was one of the greatest regular season teams of the last decade, and they are talented, well-coached, and deep. There is no shame to dropping a series such as this to this team, especially with the fight the Cavs gave.
It's an unfortunate end to the season, but this isn't over. There are questions to answer surrounding some key free agents, but the Cavs will still have LeBron, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love, and Anderson Varejao will be healthy again, and some of the young role players could improve. The Cavs likely won't be one-and-done as a contender.
There's always next year.