Golden State Warriors vs. the 2004 Detroit Pistons: Who reigns supreme?

But, while Durant - who won the Finals MVP award for his astonishing performances throughout the series - has been an evident difference-maker, the Warriors' second title in three seasons should be looked at as a triumph of organic team-building.

After the Cleveland Cavaliers fell to the Golden State Warriors in the National Basketball Association finals, the Cavaliers had a lot of emotions to process. Steph Curry added 34 points, Andre Iguodala added 20, Klay Thompson added 11, Draymond Green added 10, Patrick McCaw added 6, Shaun Livingston added 5 and David West added 4 points.

Coach Steve Kerr told KTVU-TV he was proud that the team came back from the heartbreak of losing last year's championship to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

While Game 4 was an incredible feat for Cleveland - they set an NBA Finals record for 3-pointers made at 24 - Game 5 was often embarrassing for the Cavaliers on defense.

So the debate will go on, but will move toward whether Cleveland needs to be a three- or four-headed monster than two all-stars who are spectacular individual talents.

He hugged mother Wanda many a time.

Not only could Durant coexist with Curry and the rest of the Warriors, but they also thrived.

The last time LeBron got run like this in the Finals, he left the aging Heat to return to Cleveland, which had stocked up on assets through years in the lottery.

The Warriors made one of the great playoff runs of all time, ending with a win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday.

Golden State Warriors fans are waking up early to secure a spot along the team's parade route in Oakland, California.

As the focal point of one of the greatest teams ever assembled, Durant has the opportunity to take over from LeBron, who appears unlikely to be able to compete with Golden State with the Cavaliers not in a position to add a player who can redress the balance. "You call us a super team, but it's been a lot of super teams that hasn't worked", Durant said after winning his first championship on Monday.

"I couldn't sleep for two days", Durant said. During the off-season, you will surely read how James wants a better big man than Kevin Love and other scorers, passers and rebounders to compete with a team that will be even more heavily favored to win again in 2018.

As the gold confetti fell and a fresh gray National Basketball Association champion cap sat a tad off-kilter on his head, Kevin Durant embraced his mother Wanda. He slapped up 41, 13, and 8 in the final game. The Warriors had announced Tuesday that no decision has been made, and Kerr went into further detail in his interview with ESPN.

Two playful superstars who found a way to coexist through all the questions and constant scrutiny, together and smiling as champions. The other reasons I like him is because he is a good dude and I have a buddy that coached him in high school and always said what a nice dude he was. If you give all your effort and all the fight and all the heart you got, it doesn't necessarily mean you're going to win, and that's what's tough about sports.

It's not as simple as "If you can't beat 'em, join 'em".

  • Julie Sanders