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Kevin Durant named NBA Finals MVP in first championship run

Pammachio Corsino | 14 Giugno, 2017, 04:56

Durant scored 39 points to lead the Golden State Warriors, including fellow Olympic gold-medal winners Draymond Green and Klay Thompson, past the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday night, 129-120.

The Warriors got it done in five games but this Finals felt much closer than that.

"It's even better than I thought", Durant told Bruce Fraser during preseason. Durant won the award by a unanimous vote. All 11 media members voting on the award had Durant as the victor. He shot a career-high 53.7 percent from the field as he played in 62 games for a Warriors team that finished the year leading the National Basketball Association in both wins (67) and average points per game (115.9). James was valiant with 41 points in a losing cause in the deciding game.

Sure, the Warriors missed becoming the first undefeated champion, but 16-1 still gave Golden State the best winning percentage of any title team at.941. "You can talk about whatever happens on the outside, but inside those lines, I come to bring it every day", Durant said.

And when your support is averaging nearly 28 points a night, you know you're going to be in pretty good shape.

In 2012, an in-his-prime LeBron James took home his first NBA Championship when his Miami Heat earned a win over a young Kevin Durant and his Oklahoma City Thunder.

"We've learned from everything we've been through to bring (the trophy) back home", Curry said.

However, the Cavs did not role over, they had great shotmaking to come out in the third, attacked the mismatches they wanted and were more disciplined, cutting the lead to four at one point.

Irving, who led the Cavs in scoring in each of Games 3 and 4 had 26 through three quarters but did not score in the fourth. He was labouring visibly coming back up the court allowing Curry a number of easy buckets as the game was winding down.

At the half the Warriors had an 11-point lead on the strength of a 21-2 run midway through the quarter by the Warriors.

In the process, the Warriors may be looking at the beginning of a dynasty. Love picked up two fouls in the first three minutes and had to go to the bench and was just not the same player we saw earlier in the series.

Stephen Curry added 34 points, 10 assists and six rebounds as Golden State closed out its second title in three years after squandering a 3-1 lead a year ago. Last summer, Durant, who made a decision to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder in free agency, elected to join forces with another superstar in Stephen Curry as well as Draymond Green and Klay Thompson to make Golden State a super team, and the group was close to unstoppable in the regular season and postseason.


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