The Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant carries his MVP trophy as he celebrates with fans a championship after defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers, 129-120, in Game 5 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Monday, June 12, 2017.
The Golden State Warriors celebrate winning another National Basketball Association championship. LeBron James scored 41 points and Kyrie Irving added 26 for the Cavs, who had won four straight potential elimination games against the Warriors before running out of gas in Game 5.
They didn’t allow last season to repeat and avoided losing the final series after having a 3-1 lead.
The first-time title victor scored 39 points as point guard Stephen Curry posted 34 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland.
In our opinion, fully deserved.
His Herculean effort was never more evident than in the first half of Game 2, when LeBron went Super Saiyan and basically chose to drive the ball and get his points no matter who was guarding him.
The Warriors were back in form Monday, with Durant scoring a Finals career-high 39 points, seven rebounds and five assists.
Warriors forward Kevin Durant, 28, was named the Most Valuable Player of the Finals. While it was a huge win for the Warriors – it’s the franchise’s fifth championship win and second since 1975 – it was arguably an even more meaningful win for Nike athlete and Finals MVP Kevin Durant.
It was a storybook ending for the former Texas Longhorns star, who controversially departed from the Oklahoma City Thunder and headed west in pursuit his first ever National Basketball Association championship.
For the next several months, Dub Nation will only grow stronger while the attacks on LeBron James’ legacy only grow louder.
This time everything was flawless for KD. “Love you, girl, but I got to do it”, Durant told USA Today Sports. I came in and tried to help my team.
On the court moments after the win, Durant hugged his mother Wanda and talked about the support he received from his family, friends, and his hometown.
“It was 55 seconds left”, he noted, “and I bent down, and I’m like, ‘Is this really happening?’ And Draymond (Green) was like, ‘Keep playing to the end.’ Andre is like, ‘Keep playing.’ We have like 50 seconds left”.
“I’m just happy for him”.
“We weren’t supposed to be here”. Asked before the game if his team would approach the game as if it had “nothing to lose”, Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue responded, “We do have something to lose: a championship”. You kept us off the street.