No longer NBA champions, Cavaliers are now chasing Warriors

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 post-season, closed out the series at home.

OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 12: Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors celebrates in the final moments of their 129-120 win in Game 5 over the Cleveland Cavaliers to win the 2017 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 12, 2017 in Oakland, California.

"I ain't got to say nothing", Durant said, as if that was all he had to say. "So, this is the culmination of a year where they grew together and learned each other's games and got better and better all year, and it was just phenomenal to be part of". "And when Steph turned that corner, I think it was after Christmas Day, when he turned that corner, we became nearly unbeatable". I'd be honored to welcome the team to the U.S. Capitol. "I'm not gonna lie, I didn't think it was going to happen, but you did it, so I'm going to congratulate you". "I'm pretty sure we'll be back and we'll be ready to battle again", he said, while sharing glowing remarks about James, who became the first ever player to average a triple-double in the finals (33.6 points, 12.0 rebounds and 10.0 assists).

LeBron James scored 41 points for the Cavs in a losing effort, while Kyrie Irving scored 26 but was only 9 for 22 from the floor. Cleveland needs an infusion of young blood to fix a second unit that struggled from the opener. Golden State went 11-0 during that stretch before Kerr returned for Game 2 of the NBA Finals.

It was the second time he and Durant had met in a finals series, following 2012 when James and the Miami Heat beat Durant's Oklahoma City Thunder 4-1.

At halftime, the Cavaliers still trailed the Warriors by three.

"This is a great group of guys, great community, great fans", Durant said.

After the reports surfaced, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi invited the Warriors to the U.S. Capitol. The 89 points Golden State finished with that evening would stand as its lowest total of the season with Durant in the lineup. He acquired veterans J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert in 2015, fired coach David Blatt and promoted Tyronn Lue midway through the '16 season and added Kyle Korver, Deron Williams and Andrew Bogut this year. He's the one who persuaded Irving to sign a long-term deal with Cleveland before it was known that James was coming back and Griffin pulled off the trade for Kevin Love.

Green stayed on the court in a game that featured three technicals on one play 3:08 before halftime.

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