Kevin Durant named NBA Finals MVP in first championship run

The Cavaliers, led by stars LeBron James' 41 points and Kyrie Irving's 26, repeatedly battled back and pulled Cleveland within striking distance of Golden State in the second half.

The party began as soon as Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry and the Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 129-120 at Oracle Arena to clinch their second championship in three years. The Warriors won 129-120 to win the National Basketball Association championship.

Completing a ideal 9-0 run at home during the postseason, the Warriors became the first San Francisco Bay Area team to win a championship at home since the Oakland Athletics won the 1974 World Series.

"We learned from everything we've been through", Curry said during the trophy celebration.

His fists were clenched as he pondered his latest accomplishment, still wearing his sweaty uniform, ankle braces, kneepads and game shoes.

And if he and the rest of the Warriors have their way, for years to come.

Durant hadn't been back to the Finals since. Then it was Golden State's time again, with Durant as the prized addition. One sprained ankle can change a series - just ask Kawhi Leonard and the Spurs.

The 2017 NBA Finals feels like they just ended yesterday (checks calendar - oh wait, they did) but already we have 2018 NBA Finals Odds. "This is something we want to continue to do". After the Warriors re-sign Curry and Durant this summer, the core of this team will all be under 30 and locked up for two more years.

Things were different this year, as Antetokounmpo's full-blown superstardom revealed itself to the world over the course of six playoff games against the Toronto Raptors. I came in and tried to help my team.

"I think our guys just did a good job of hanging in there", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.

The capacity crowd, most dressed in Warrior gold T-shirts, cheered and sang along with the tune "We Are The Champions" as confetti fell. "When he turned that corner, we became nearly unbeatable".

Myers realizes adding Durant might not have worked so well with anyone but the Warriors. It's not about who scored what.

STEPHANIE ABBATI: They play unselfish basketball every night, in and out, and I think that's why they are so wonderful.

I'm not going to lie, KD: based on the locker-room performance, we could kind of tell.

Owner Joe Lacob will be pulling out his pocketbook to potentially give Curry a $200 million deal. Kerr's team set an National Basketball Association record for regular-season wins with 73 last season and returned to the Finals, but lost to Cleveland in seven games. "You did it! Look at me", Wanda Durant said grabbing her son's face. "There was never any question in my mind that this was going to work. We came together and we continued to just believe in each other and we sacrificed, and we're champions now".

"It was unbelievable. The energy in this building from the time we stepped foot on the floor was on 12 out of 10. It's tough to get back and get matched, especially with their speed". Then Curry carried Golden State while Durant healed from a left knee injury that sidelined him late in the regular season.

"We're obviously just getting started", Curry said. "They beat us, but I'm pretty sure we'll be back and we'll be ready to battle again".

  • Julie Sanders