Durant, an eight-time All-Star who only needed a ring to cement his superstar status, scored 39 points in a championship-clinching 129-120 victory and averaged 35.2 points and 8.4 rebounds in these Finals. He shot 14-of-20 from the field, including 5-of-8 from 3-point range, and 6-of-6 from the line and was named the Bill Russell Finals MVP.
He hugged mother Wanda many a time.
James had a spectacular series, averaging 33.6 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 assists but it wasn’t enough. But then the Cavs did something that no team had ever done.
Durant and Curry were always right in the middle, yet they stayed loose and focused by building their own relationship not to mention shooting skills through regular shooting contests that were oh so close.
James seemed to be at peace with the fate of this Cavs team since their narrow Game 3 loss to the Warriors last week, which put them in an unrecoverable 0-3 hole in the best-of-seven series.
Once the Warriors hit the lead midway through the second quarter, they didn’t relinquish it.
The Warriors started the game lackluster and trailed at the end of the first quarter.
James led the way, connecting on five of his first six shots.
With the off-season acquisition of Durant, the Warriors, arguably, have the NBA’s best collection of players in recent decades.
The Warriors took their first meaningful lead at 45-43 with about seven minutes remaining in the first half.
“They’re going to be around for a while”.
A Durant three boosted the margin to 60-45 with 3:08 in the half. LeBron James would be brilliant, but the defense that was questionable all season would make key mistakes giving up easy buckets, and even a hot night from J.R. Smith would not save them.
“We came up against a worthy opponent, we weren’t able to get over the hump and get it done but there’s no such thing as a failed season when you work as hard as we did”.
“It would have been great to see us at a full unit throughout the whole season so we can continue to build the camaraderie and chemistry out on the floor so you don’t have to wait until April to see what you’re capable of doing”, he said. In addition to Durant, Green and Thompson, Golden State featured Andre Iguodala. After scoring 49 points in the first quarter of Game 4, the Cavs got out to a 22-18 lead midway through the first quarter.
The 2017 NBA Finals served as a rubber match of sorts between the teams.
After becoming the first team to blow a 3-1 NBA Finals lead a year ago, the Warriors offered free agent Kevin Durant a two-year deal worth $54.27 million to be the difference-maker and possibly the final piece to build a dynasty.
During the playoffs, the Warriors previously swept Portland, Jazz and San Antonio.