Warriors dethrone Cavaliers for second title in three years

Hazel Gray
June 14, 2017

The Warriors, who beat Cleveland in the 2015 Finals only to lose to them past year after squandering a 3-1 series lead, went a record-setting 15-1 in the playoffs, their only loss coming in Game Four of the best-of-seven championship.

The Golden State Warriors are NBA champions once again, and this time it's thanks largely to the newest addition to their starting five, Kevin Durant, who was awarded the NBA Finals MVP award for his play in the series.

And all of it deserved, with Durant averaging an astounding 35.2 points, 8.4 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.6 blocks and 1.0 steals to go with shooting splits of 55.6 per cent from the field, 47.4 per cent on 3-pointers and 92.7 per cent from the free throw line.

Monday night's Game 5 was the most-watched NBA Finals Game 5 since 1998 - Michael Jordan's final year with the Bulls, according to ABC.

The window to win another championship is still open and the Cavs have to do whatever's necessary to compete against the likes of Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.

"You can talk about whatever happens on the outside, but inside those lines, I come to bring it every day", Durant said after the big win, his first National Basketball Association championship in his 10-year National Basketball Association career.

Five years later, the moment now belongs to Durant.

"Experience is the best teacher in life, and he's just experiencing and experiencing", he said.

As confetti fell on the court, LeBron James gave Kevin Durant a long embrace and congratulatory words before walking off the court with his head held high despite a fifth career NBA Finals loss.

"LeBron and Kyrie I've never seen nothing like them two before".

Durant drove left, right and down the middle, knocked down 3-pointers, dished and dunked.

The Warriors broke the NBA's regular-season wins record a year ago, winning 73 games and losing only nine.

"For me personally, I left everything on the floor every game, all five games". "I'm confident we'll have him back". "I just wanted to come in there and just be me".

Durant, who joined from the Oklahoma City Thunder last summer, was key to the Warriors' victory and their 16-1 postseason run - the best in the league's history.

Durant entered the NBA Finals as an eight-time All-Star, an All-Star Game MVP and an NBA MVP.

Cleveland got off to a fast start and built a 41-33 lead on a dunk by James early in the second quarter.

The Warriors won in 2015 before the Cavs made their historic comeback previous year.

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