(AP Photo/Josh Edelson). Fans light a LeBron James jersey on fire after the Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers in game 5 of the NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., on Monday June 12, 2017.
It took a game longer than many expected, but the Golden State Warriors are, once again, the kings of the National Basketball Association. He chose Curry, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson and a chance at his first championship over returning to Oklahoma City. After the Cavs brought Cleveland its first major sports championship in 52 years, the Warriors knew they had to do something to take down the defending champions. Following Monday's win, he embraced his mother, Wanda Durant, on the court. I've been lucky in my career, this is seven: "five as a player and two as a coach", Kerr said. The Warriors claimed the title in 2015, before it changed hands to the Cavaliers previous year. "But then that was far from the truth". It also kept the Cavaliers from becoming the first team in National Basketball Association history to come back from trailing 3-0 to win a best-of-seven series. She interviewed a half dozen players, coaches and owners in the post-game and she didn't just mail it in with the awful question of "How do you feel?"
None of that was an issue for the Warriors as Durant has been called an unselfish player whose only desire was to do whatever is in the best interests of his team. "It's kind of insane to think about the conversations we had this summer and going into the year about how we can both mesh and do what we do and be the players that we are and (to) see it come to life in this series, it was unbelievable".
Curry had 34 points, 10 assists and six rebounds.
"That's the type of guy that I want to be with every single time I'm going to war". "I need to sit down and figure this thing out", said James. "He was incredible all season long".
Can anyone truly hate on Kevin Durant any more? "I work hard, I believe in myself, I believe in the game, I respect the game, I love the game, and I knew at some point in my life that it will come around for me". "And there's more to come from him". Jordan may still be the best of all time, but none of his opponents ever won 73 regular season games and then added the second-best player in the league. Still, he insisted he had another notch to raise his game, and he certainly found it.
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Durant drove left, right and down the middle, knocked down 3-pointers, dished and dunked.
Ten years after becoming the No. 2 draft pick behind Greg Oden, Durant has reached the pinnacle. Twelve of the Warriors' 16 playoff wins this postseason were by double digits. He can't do it alone.
"I had my lows in the season where I was beating myself up, where I was struggling", Durant admitted. I think these two titles in three years with the Warriors are more special than the three he won with the Chicago Bulls and the two with the San Antonio Spurs.
For once, I was actually able to watch the game. But this is not an individual sport.
This is a major start. "The phone calls, the text messages, they were more distant".
"We felt Kevin could come in and help us, and like I said, make it all complete", Green said. "And he showed that".