Kevin Durant poured in 39 points to lead the Golden State Warriors past the Cleveland Cavaliers 129-120 in Game 5 of the Finals to capture the 2017 NBA title.
KD, who also notched 7 rebounds and 5 assists while sinking 5 threes, was a monster throughout the series.
He was the difference-maker, averaging a whopping 35.2 points, along with 8.4 rebounds, 5.4 assists, and 1.6 blocks in the five games and was named Finals MVP.
Durant was added last summer to a Golden State team that went an NBA record 73-9 during the 2015-16 regular season to create a loaded superteam with one goal — to avenge last year’s Finals loss to these Cavs after blowing a 3-1 series lead.
Now their mission is complete.
“I hear all the narratives throughout the season that I was joining, I was hopping on the bandwagon, I was letting everybody else do the work,” Durant told reporters. “But then that was far from the truth.”
Stephen Curry had 34 points with 10 assists, Draymond Green added 11 points and 12 rebounds, while Klay Thompson chipped in 11 points in the title win.
Durant settled things with a 7-0 spurt in the last minute of the game, punctuating it with a left wing 26-foot jumper over LeBron James.
King James had another incredible game with 41 points, 13 rebounds and 8 assists, but it wasn’t enough.
“I left everything on the floor every game,” said James, who averaged a triple-double in the Finals.
Kyrie Irving poured in 26 points and JR Smith scored 25 for Cleveland in the season-ending loss.
But this night belonged to new Warriors’ hero Durant, who captured the first NBA title of his career.
“I’m happy for him,” said Curry. “You’ve got to call Kevin Durant a champ now.”
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