Durant shines as Warriors win title
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 14, 2017,
Jun 14, 2017, 20:04
But the statistic most will point to after Cleveland's loss to Golden State is James' 3-5 record record in the Finals.
- Golden State became the fifth team in NBA Finals history to score 129+ points multiple times in a single series, and the first to do so since the Trail Blazers in 1977.
He became the first player to average a triple-double in the Finals with 33.6 points, 12.0 rebounds and 10.0 assists per game in the series.
"We weren't supposed to be here", Kevin Durant said.
But in the featured matchup of the NBA Finals, Kevin Durant had his rival in the only area he cared about: wins.
Durant did indeed join a ready-made contender by teaming up with two-time reigning league MVP Stephen Curry on a team that won it all in 2015 and were runners-up past year after a season in which they had a record 73 wins in 82 games.
Durant was once again the best player on the floor for the Warriors on Monday, hitting some timely three-pointers en route to a team-high 39 points.
The Cavs are still more equipped than anyone to defeat the Warriors, having done it once before while reaching the Finals in each of the last three seasons. Head coach Tyronn Lue said he "broke down" and couldn't even finish his speech in the locker room. "And so I don't know as far as me personally right now". James turned to the officials, saying he had been fouled. That could involve moving forward Kevin Love, who was only 2-for-8 for 6 points in the final game. The opportunity to lead true dynasties don't come along frequently for players; the chance of another opportunity being more enticing than the one the Warriors present may not really exist. Durant said he simply immersed himself in being the best teammate he could be and fitting into Golden State's unselfish culture.
"I wanted him to hear me say it", Wanda Durant shared.
In a slo-mo shot during the ABC broadcast, Riley's reflection was captured on the trophy as Curry was photographed with it. That all changed when Kawhi Leonard sprained his ankle and San Antonio's 23-point second-half lead in the series opener disappeared.