Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry lead Warriors to NBA title

  • Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry lead Warriors to NBA title

Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry lead Warriors to NBA title

There will be no magic from the Cavliers this year in coming back from being down in the NBA Finals, as the Golden State Warriors closed out Clevelnad 129-120 in five games to capture their second NBA championship in three years and fifth overall title in franchise history.

LeBron James had a stellar Finals average of 41 points 13 rebounds and eight assists, and Kyrie Irving - the Cavs' All-Star playmaker and one of the architects of last year's championship - contributed 26 points and six assists.

It was also the first career title for Durant, who left Oklahoma City last July to join the Warriors amid expectations he and Golden State would fill trophy cases.

"Our perspective, being blessed to play on this stage three years in a row, it's for these fans, for our organisation, for these families".

"The toughest challenge was to come in here and see how I can help Steph get better, see how I can help Klay get better, Draymond, Shaun Livingston, Andre Iguodala, JaVale McGee, the whole team, just see how I can help them get better, that was more important to me than anything". "I'm ready to do it again".

But he offered a glimpse of what more he could offer by averaging more than 30 points per game during a 4-1 series win over the Cavaliers in the Finals.

After joining the Warriors in July 2016 - a decision which caused shockwaves in the National Basketball Association world among talk of a GSW "super team" - it took Durant just one season to win his first championship.

Thompson started out this series quiet as he had just 6 points on 3 of 16 shooting and missed all 5 three point attempts in game 1.

In a classy move, the first person from the Cavaliers to walk up and congratulate KD was LeBron James, who KD said in a post-game interview was the only person he'd looked at as competition since the 2012 Finals when James and the Miami Heat beat Durant and the Thunder.

Not many were happy with Kevin Durant's decision to join Golden State Warriors a year ago. ". Getting that first championship for me was like having my first son". Thompson and Smith confronted West and all three of those players received technical fouls. Those 11 points ended the game and pushed the Cavs into an 3-0 hole.

The Cavaliers shot 53.4 percent from the field and 45.8 percent on 3-pointers, but were outrebounded 42-40 and outscored 23-15 at the free throw line. It was just a proud moment, something that you never, ever forget.

On Monday, Golden State used a 27-4 second-quarter run to take charge and got to celebrate right at home in Oakland surrounded by a deafening home crowd waving yellow rally towels and holding up phones to shoot video and photos as the final minute of the clock ticked away.