Kevin Durant did what was best for his NBA career and life by going to the Golden State Warriors on getting an NBA championship, and he delivered. Durant leads the Golden State Warriors 129-120 over the Cleveland Cavaliers to win their second NBA championship in three seasons.
“It’s just a great group of guys, great community, great arena, great fans,” Durant said after the game according to Yahoo News. “I’m just so happy to be a part of it. I can’t wait to celebrate with my team-mates in the locker room.”
The celebration was worth it considering how locked in the Warriors were for Game 5. They wanted to erase the big time disappointment of Game 4 giving up 137 points. Golden State started out slow in the first quarter against Cleveland, who wanted to run them out of their comfort and rhythm. Cleveland was up by 41-33 in the second quarter seizing control of the game, until Golden State responded with a run of their own led by Durant and Stephen Curry.
From that point on, the lead was never squander by Cleveland. Durant finished the game with 39 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists, and was named the Finals MVP. In five games during the Finals, he averaged 35.2 points, 8.4 rebounds and 5.4 assists. This is why Golden State got him for his scoring and all-around game. Warriors are the first team in NBA history to score at least 100 points in each playoff game. System basketball continues to thrive in this era of basketball and even stars know that.
Durant couldn’t average those number with Curry, who had 34 points and 10 assists in Game 5. But the toughness and defense of Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala and Klay Thompson can’t be ignored. They stood strong against LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, both who will the Cavs to unbelievable performances. James is the first player in NBA history to average a triple-double during the Finals. Irving on the other hand played well in spurts, but really couldn’t do much to affect the game other than scoring.
This summer Cleveland got a lot of questions to answer in making their squad better than Golden State. They need to trade multiple players, including Kevin Love and his poor performances on the big stage. Still it’s gonna take an all-star caliber Cleveland squad to take down Golden State, whose unselfishness and teamwork can bring them more titles in the future.