Golden State Warriors Destroy Cleveland Cavaliers in NBA Finals

But that idea fizzled fast when the Warriors opened with a pair of lopsided wins at home, fought back late to steal the next game in Cleveland and then, after dropping their first game of the postseason, closed out the series at home.

On Tuesday, with that move thoroughly vindicated (in the eyes of the Durant family, at least) by the all-star forward's performance against Cleveland, which included earning Finals MVP honors while winning his first ring, Wanda Durant arrived at the "First Take" set ready to see a certain someone eat a healthy heaping of crow.

"The stuff you hear about Steph as far as sacrificing and being selfless and caring about his teammates, caring about other people is real", Durant said.

"But once you get that first, no matter what anybody says from now on in your career, they can't take away from you being a champion".

Not only is Durant now an NBA champion, but after churning out 35.2 points, 8.4 rebounds and 5.4 assists on upwards of 55 percent shooting from the field against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, Durant also adds NBA Finals MVP hardware to his lofty collection.

The rest of the world will little note nor long remember Memphis 110, Golden State 89 on December 10, 2016, in the FedExForum, but my two sons and I will. "I was anxious, I was jittery". "I just try to put in the work, in the film room, in my mind, my body every single day to prepare myself for whatever obstacle that this ball club entails".

"We battled. But we did it".

"It would have been great to see us at a full unit throughout the whole season so we can continue to build the camaraderie and chemistry out on the floor so you don't have to wait until April to see what you're capable of doing", he said.

James scored 41 points to lead Cleveland.

Curry, Durant committed to keeping Golden State on top
James became the first player in history to average a triple-double in the finals - 33.6 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists. The run helped the Warriors win the second quarter by 15 points.

LeBron James lost his fifth NBA Finals, but it surely wasn't due to a lack of effort, as he became the first player ever to average a triple-double in the NBA Finals series.

The now 32-year-old was selected by his home team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, as the first overall pick of the 2003 National Basketball Association draft.

"Pretty much all of their big-name guys are in their 20s", the Cavs' James said, "and they don't show any signs of slowing down". So for me personally I have no reason to put my head down. "But tonight was a little different, just based on the things I've had to go through during this time". Kyrie Irving, Tristan Thompson and J.R. Smith have 3 years left and Kevin Love has 2 years before a player option on his deal kicks in.

"We're obviously just getting started", Curry said after closing out Cleveland in Monday night's NBA Finals Game 5.

But for Kevin Durant, the moment - the moment when he finally could stop talking about living in the moment and not thinking about record-setting runs or places in history - came with 55 seconds to play in Monday night's Game 5 of the NBA Finals when he bent over, folding his almost 7-foot frame near midcourt. "Steve will be our coach".

"They're so committed to each other and unselfish", Kerr added of his players.

"Winning is.winning is fantastic", Kerr said at his post-game news conference.

"He's the only person that I was looking at since 2012. Incredible high-level basketball out there".

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