LeBron James' finals triple double history doesn't ease loss

LeBron James threw down the dunk of the 2017 NBA Finals Monday night in the Cleveland Cavaliers' loss to the Golden State Warriors.

The Warriors, who beat Cleveland in the 2015 Finals only to lose to them past year after squandering a 3-1 series lead, went a record-setting 16-1 in the playoffs, their only loss coming in Game Four of the best-of-seven championship.

The diminishing of his and the Warriors' accomplishment won't just stop, but ultimately Golden State needed Durant as much as he needed them, with both sides achieving their goal. During his speech three years ago, he proudly declared "You're the real MVP" when describing all the emotional support and sacrifices she made to ensure he and his brother Tony's success.

James hit a 3-pointer on the next possession and the Cavs didn't go away, cutting a 17-point deficit to three in the opening minute of the fourth quarter with help from Smith's 25 points.

Like the good people of Twitter hinted at above, Kevin Durant was never an underdog-quite the contrary. "See what we're missing", Green says, recounting the text message he sent Durant. He became the third player to ever win Finals MVP in his first year with the team, joining Magic Johnson (1980) and Moses Malone (1983), while also becoming the third player ever to win four scoring titles and a ring, along with Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain.

He was incredible throughout the entirety of the series, but his game-high 41 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists wasn't enough to send the series back to Cleveland for Game 6.

The first-time title victor scored 39 points as point guard Stephen Curry posted 34 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland.

Boston has the No. 1 pick in the draft to add to a team that went to the Eastern Conference finals this season. Then it was Golden State's turn again, taking the title in five games.

There will be one question inevitably asked this offseason by most of the 29 other teams in the National Basketball Association whose fingers didn't get to smudge the golden surface of the Larry O'Brien Trophy this year.

With a superstar in Durant teaming with another in Curry - as well as with Draymond Green and Klay Thompson - it made Golden State a super team. They very well could elect to do just that, but if Zillgitt is to believed (and he's more credible than the other two), then the Warriors haven't actually decided anything.

Though the Cavaliers led 37-33 at the end of the first quarter, Golden State soon reasserted their dominance by winning the second 38-23 to lead 71-60 at half-time.

Besides the usual hot taker pundits, there was considerably less outrage - outside of Oklahoma, that is - at Durant's decision to depart from the Thunder, than the hatred LeBron faced when he left Cleveland for Miami.

The Cavs were shaky early, but got back into it with their defense. And come on now, was there really any debate how the Warriors would fare this season, a 73-win team adding one of the top three players in the league? Kerr returned to full-time coaching for the Final's second game.

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