LeBron James: 'I have no reason to put my head down'

On Monday night, Durant flipped the script in the first Finals matchup between the two since 2012.

Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors are five minutes away from a title.

This time, King James gave way to KD, who was the NBA Finals MVP 10 years after being picked second in the NBA draft behind Greg Oden. He has a championship. And this time, no matter what anyone says about the Warriors stacking the deck by landing Durant in free agency last summer, you knew without a doubt that the best team had won.

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. "I'm just proud to be part of something special and I just want to do it again".

Andre Iguodala has scored 13 of Golden State's 28 bench points to help the Warriors to a 98-93 lead heading into the final quarter.

As if to answer all of the legends who don't like watching them shoot all those 3-pointers and hate the idea of superstars teaming up, Durant and Curry began the game by going to the hoop, old school.

James had a game-high 41 points and Irving hit tough shots all night but defensive breakdowns by Cleveland led to easy baskets late in the game for the Warriors, igniting a deafening crowd.

Durant is the first player with five straight 30-point games in the Finals since Shaquille O'Neal in 2000.

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

"I broke down so I couldn't really finish my speech", he said.

The Cavs - after rallying from a 3-1 deficit last season - were unable to retain their title but James remained upbeat post-match.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have been saying they're a better team when their backs are against the wall.

The Cavaliers' 49 points in the first quarter of game four were a record for a single quarter in any finals game. You can pick at the Cavaliers' defense and point to individual mistakes, but in the end, the Warriors' collection of talent and the decisions they force a defense to make are simply too much.

Mission accomplished - and he has been named NBA Finals MVP.

"Couple turnovers, couple bad shots and that led to them getting out on the break and getting out in transition", Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said. It was his quick scoring spurt in Game 7 of last year's Finals that brought the Cavs back into the game.

The Warriors and Cavs have now fought out the last three National Basketball Association finals, in what has become one of the great rivalries in National Basketball Association history.

"This was what we talked about this whole year", Curry said, "realizing this goal and understanding how important we both would be to the equation, along with our teammates, and learned a lot about each other going through this journey".

But early in the second quarter, this Warriors team that had lost just once since February 4 when its stars took part in the entire game rediscovered itself.

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