Warriors' Kevin Durant is unanimous 2017 Finals MVP victor

Warriors' Kevin Durant is unanimous 2017 Finals MVP victor

Kevin Durant, the MVP of the finals led the way for the Warriors with 39 points.

Durant was spectacular over the five games of the series, scoring at least 30 points in every single game, while averaging 35.2 points, 8.4 rebounds, 5.4 assists, and 1.6 blocks.

In last year's championship series the Cavs roared back from a 3-1 deficit to spoil the Warriors' record-setting 73-win season.

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. Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving (2) shoots against Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) during the second half of Game 5 of basketball's NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Monday, June 12, 2017.

In the video above, watch a recap of Golden State's Game 5 win over Cleveland.

The Warriors, who were playing a Game 5 for the first time in the postseason, shot 51.1 percent from the field and 36.8 percent on 3-pointers. "We kept the lead at six, eight points - or the deficit".

It validated the notion of Warriors general manager Bob Myers, who risked what he had built counting on Durant to be the final piece in building a juggernaut.

"It's different just because of what happened past year to be honest", Curry said.

Nothing will ever take away the joy last year's title provided Cavaliers fans, but the team's first title may have inadvertently set up what looks to be an unstoppable dynasty for the foreseeable future.

Durant's stellar play all season and throughout the playoffs vindicated Golden State's massive payout to the superstar in a controversial off-season deal. LeBron James went to the bench for the final 1:20 of the quarter, and the Cavs were +3 - the Warriors need to dominate those stretches.

"It's a team sport and I wanted to achieve the highest honor, which is win a championship", Durant said, saying it was fulfillment of a childhood dream.

"We learned from everything we've been through", Curry said during the trophy celebration. A couple big runs, monster nights from their two top-five players Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant, strong defense, a small-ball lineup nobody could stop, and some big threes when they needed it.

Kevin Durant (right) in the Nike KD10. The best they could have hoped for was to limit transition, but missed corner jumpers and problems matching up in transition led to allowing over 20.0 fast break points per game - and that's just not good enough to win against the juggernaut of the Warriors. I suspect it will be harder than many seem to be predicting, but they will no doubt return with a very similar roster and try to run through the league once again. "So we were just trying to protect everyone's back and got caught up in a few situations that weren't good for us".

Kyrie Irving followed up his 40-point gem in Game 4 with 26 points but shot 9 for 22.

Then the Cavs signed Andrew Bogut, another big man with a championship résumé, - and potential insider Warriors knowledge - after Philadelphia waived him in March. Without a doubt, Durant was the stopper every time the Cavs threatened and the ultimate difference.

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