But as the Cavaliers have struggled to win a game in the NBA Finals against Golden State, the absence of players who can score in bursts has been noticed. His eighth appearance in a row didn't go well either, and now there's uncertainty where the superstar will play next.
Durant is averaging 32 points on 56 percent shooting (47 percent from three), 11 rebounds, and seven assists in the Finals.
On the night, the reigning Finals MVP went 15-of-23 from the floor, including 6-of-9 from beyond the arc and a flawless 7-of-7 from the line, adding 13 boards, seven assists and a steal in the victory.
It was the 28th consecutive play-off game in which he has scored at least 20 points.
Fans chanted "M-V-P" to James in the final minutes, sensing his possible exit again.
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The weight of expectations have hung over this team from the moment the Warriors added Kevin Durant to a team that won an NBA-record 73 games two years ago.
James, who can become a free agent at the end of the postseason, could be playing his last game in Cleveland.
The Cavs only scored 13 points in the third quarter, began with LeBron James on the bench in the fourth, and appeared to give up. The Warriors went 8-1 against the Cavs in the last two Finals. We were able to finish the series off.
By the Warriors, by the burden he carried leading an underwhelming supporting cast to the NBA Finals, by the weight of his second Cleveland tenure possibly ending.
The health of James' hand likely would not have had much affect on the outcome of the series, a four-game sweep by the Warriors. The Warriors' successful title defense marked the 13th time in National Basketball Association history a team has won at least two in a row, and they became the seventh franchise to do so, joining the Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets, Miami Heat and Detroit Pistons. James described that Game 1 loss as "very emotional" for him. Durant is one of six players to win back-to-back NBA Finals MVP titles. It was a rough way for them to go out, especially after how close Game 1 was. He also played the game with a significant right hand injury.
Durant becomes the 11th player to win Finals MVP twice, joining six-time victor Michael Jordan, three-timers Magic Johnson, Shaquille O'Neal, Tim Duncan and James, and two-timers Kobe Bryant, Larry Bird, Hakeem Olajuwon, Willis Reed and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.