Warriors top Cavs for NBA Championship
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Jun 14, 2017,
Jun 14, 2017, 13:18
Durant ripped out the hearts of Oklahoma City Thunder fans previous year by leaving for the Oakland-based Warriors, which many considered the easiest route to an National Basketball Association title.
After two comfortable home wins at Oracle Arena and a thriller in the Game 3 in Cleveland, the Warriors suffered its first loss of the post-season in Game 4 against a defiant title-holder on the ropes.
Durant, who will likely be crowned Finals MVP, finished with a team-high 39 points on 14-of-20 shooting.
LeBron James, whose 41 points and triple-double average through the series could not hold off the Golden State Warriors' multiple offensive juggernauts, was there to greet Durant with a hand slap, a hug and a pat on the head.
'Our perspective, being blessed to play on this stage three years in a row, it's for these fans, for our organisation, for these families.
"I want to say a special "thank you" to (assistant) Mike Brown for keeping this ship sailing smoothly while I was out". "I got nothing but love and respect for him, and I can't wait to compete against him again next season". "... Getting that first championship for me was like having my first son". That stung ever since, and even Durant understood, because he gave up the same lead to the Warriors a round earlier with Oklahoma City. James had a spectacular series, averaging 33.6 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 assists.
"I left everything on the floor every game, all five games", he said.
"As far as that team, they're going to be here for a while", James said. The best player in the world has made eight Finals appearance (seven consecutive), has won three championships, and has taken home four MVPs.
We'll have to see next year if both teams make it for another go 'round at a ring.
Kevin Durant accomplished exactly what he set out to do and proved to be the best player on the best team.
The Cavs have the second highest odds to win next year's championship, at 3-1 at the SuperBook.