Durant shines as Warriors win title

Durant pumped in 39 points and the Warriors won their second championship in three seasons by taking Game 5 of the finals, 129-120 over the Cavaliers. But the win won't really change the minds of people who believe Durant took the easy route to a championship by joining the already-stacked Golden State Warriors.

Like I said, when you put in the work and things pay off, then you can always be okay with whatever else that happens in your career.

Meanwhile, Durant was named 2017 NBA Finals MVP for averaging 35.2 points, 8.4 rebounds and 5.4 assists through five games. Beating the Cavs by a combined 50 points in three games at Oracle Arena, the Warriors were dominant despite one of the best individual performances in playoff history.

"This is one of the last industries where the subject is off limits", said Mr. Welts, who stands now as a true rarity, a man prominently employed in professional men's team sports, willing to declare his homosexuality. Golden State just capped off the best postseason run in National Basketball Association history.

"I'm happy for him", Curry said.

Cleveland star LeBron James, who won his first title in 2012 by beating Durant's Thunder in the finals, sees how the journey has made Durant into a champion over the past five years. Without their best player, the Warriors would have had more difficulty matching up with James and Kyrie Irving.

They didn't allow last season to repeat and avoided losing the final series after having a 3-1 lead.

This is obviously all speculation, but there's one accomplishment others can't take away from the Warriors.

The Golden State Warriors finished the postseason 16-1, tying them with the 1983 Philadelphia 76ers and 2001 Los Angeles Lakers for the fewest losses by an National Basketball Association team in the postseason.

"We learned from everything we've been through", Curry said during the trophy celebration.

On the court moments after the win, Durant hugged his mother Wanda and talked about the support he received from his family, friends, and his hometown. "I got nothing but love and respect for him, and I can't wait to compete against him again next season".

James collected a game-high 13 rebounds and added eight assists to go while becoming the first player ever to average a triple-double in the Finals.

For Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, the title comes after season-long battle with a back injury that ultimately caused him to miss extended time in the playoffs before he came back in Game 2 of the Finals.

Green had sat out Game 5 a year ago, suspended because of flagrant foul point accumulation after he swiped at James' groin in Game 4.

Monday's loss denied the Cavaliers a chance to repeat as champions and for James to get his fourth championship ring.

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