Durant stars as Warriors beat Cavaliers in NBA Finals
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 14, 2017,
Jun 14, 2017, 18:31
After rocking the NBA past year with his decision to leave Oklahoma City as a free agent and sign with the Warriors, Durant's dream came true Monday when Golden State beat Cleveland 129-120 to win the best-of-seven NBA Finals four games to one.
Kevin Durant was criticised by many for joining an already-stacked Golden State Warriors team last July but it is hard to question the move after watching how seamlessly he fit in with the NBA's latest champions. The 2017 NBA Finals MVP was brilliant in the series, averaging 35.2 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 5.4 assists.
KD was relentless on both sides of the court, playing a menacing defence and igniting the league's best offence.
LeBron James lost his fifth NBA Finals, but it surely wasn't due to a lack of effort, as he became the first player ever to average a triple-double in the NBA Finals series. A 67-win season followed by a record 15-0 start to the playoffs, dropping game four in Cleveland to miss being the first unbeaten playoff champion. Monday night's Game 5, during which the Warriors clinched their second championship in three seasons, was the most-watched Game 5 since 1998, with more than 25 million viewers.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr, who played on the 1995-96 Bulls, had the ideal response to these comments. I've been put here for a specific objective: "to be a witness and to share my testimony as I go through it".
She may or may not have been at the receiving end of a glare from Durant during that game, but following his big win with the Warriors Monday night, he finally had a message for her.
After 10 National Basketball Association seasons, eight all-star selections, four scoring championships and an MVP award, Durant finally captured the only remaining elusive feat in his career - a ring.
Two years prior, West opted out of the final of year of his Indiana Pacers contract and left $12 million on the table in pursuit of a dream, an National Basketball Association championship, that is.
The Warriors responded with a 28-4 run for a lead they never gave up after that.
Did LeBron have a case for Finals MVP?: This may be a stretch with how dominant Kevin Durant was.
The Warriors swept through the Western Conference playoffs, no easy feat.
As a grinning Curry held daughter Riley in his arms, Durant stood next to them with his left hand on the point guard's head.
"The team we had, we were great, right where you want to be", said Warriors forward Draymond Green.