Durant, an eight-time All-Star who only needed a ring to cement his superstar status, scored 39 points in a championship-clinching 129-120 victory and averaged 35.2 points and 8.4 rebounds in these Finals.
The Warriors used a 28-4 flurry in the second quarter to take a lead they never relinquished, then relied on the scoring of Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry down the stretch to hold off the Cavaliers en route to a 129-120 victory Monday night, claiming their second National Basketball Association championship in seasons.
In a tightly called Game 5 of the NBA Finals, it was a no-call involving Kevin Durant that helped the Golden State Warriors pull away from the Cleveland Cavaliers. Following Monday's win, he embraced his mother, Wanda Durant, on the court.
Fans hold up a banner during the second half in Game 5 of the 2017 NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers at ORACLE Arena on June 12, 2017 in Oakland, California. In 2012, when he was playing for the Oklahoma City Thunder lost to James - who was then with the Miami Heat - in five games.
After the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers traded championships in 2015 and 2016, they could never agree on one key thing.
Beating Cleveland two out of three in the first rivalry to be featured in three consecutive finals didn't hurt the sense of drama the Warriors aroused all season. While it's true that Kevin Love had a great season with the Cavaliers, it is not very likely that they can beat this fantastic Warriors team with him. "All the focus seems to be on, "They're too good" as opposed to, 'What is it we should be doing to create more great teams in this league?' That's what my response is". The brand has also readied a range of limited-edition product including customizable Air Force 1s with cork details - a nod to the champagne bottles that are a staple of National Basketball Association championship celebrations.
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James threw down a thunderous off an assist from backup point guard Deron Williams to put the Cavaliers up 41-33 with 10:14 left before halftime. Andre Iguodala led the Warriors bench with 20 points.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr, who played on the 1995-96 Bulls, had the flawless response to these comments.
The Cavs managed to stave off elimination once in this series with a 137-116 win in Game 4 at home but couldn't pull off another improbable comeback this year.
During his absence, Kerr was still involved at practice, but he handed the game day responsibilities to assistant coach Mike Brown.
Golden State went 67-15 this season in locking up the top seed in the Western Conference.
James' dunk gave the Cavaliers all of the momentum.