He was not alone in that scoring effort, as has been the case for the Oakland team, as Stephen Curry chimed in with 34 points to exorcise last season's demons.
The playoff run through the East - a notable 26-point comeback on their own against IN in the first round, a brilliant closeout game by Irving IN Toronto to end the second round, James and Irving taking turns dominating Boston IN the conference finals - erased most of those regular-season questions.
KD was relentless on both sides of the court, playing a menacing defence and igniting the league's best offence.
LeBron James, who finished the series averaging a triple double (33.6 points, 12.0 rebounds, 10.0 assists), put it best after Monday's season-ending loss in describing what it was like to lose to this Warriors team. It was transactional - for the price of $54,274,505 across two years and a lifetime's worth of behind-the-back snickering, Lacob bought the opportunity for his second National Basketball Association title with the Warriors, while Durant signed on for the chance at his first.
Perhaps if the Warriors played the death lineup more, the National Basketball Association would adjust and solve the puzzle. "You can talk about whatever happens on the outside, but inside those lines, I come to bring it every day", Durant said.
At the half the Warriors had an 11-point lead on the strength of a 21-2 run midway through the quarter by the Warriors. Thompson and Smith confronted West and all three of those players got technical fouls.
Irving and James turned back-to-back steals into impressive tone-setting layups as part of a 16-3 Cleveland run for a 20-12 edge, James hitting four-of-five for 10 points at the start. I put in work, I just had to trust in it. In the San Francisco-Oakland market, the Game 5 broadcast delivered a 39.6 metered market rating and in the Cleveland market it generated a 37.1 rating. The all-familiar sinking feeling the Warriors experienced last season after letting the Cavs eviscerate their 3-1 lead, came back in full force. Even though #LeBron James was fantastic and he even averaged a triple-double in the series, rest of the team let him down, especially the bench players.
None of that was an issue for the Warriors as Durant has been called an unselfish player whose only desire was to do whatever is in the best interests of his team. Head coach Tyronn Lue said he "broke down" and couldn't even finish his speech in the locker room.
And when your support is averaging nearly 28 points a night, you know you're going to be in pretty good shape. "I left everything I had out on the floor every single game for five games in this Finals, and you come up short".
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. I'm just so happy Kevin has broken through.
"They're all right. They would all kill us", Kerr said to reporters Friday in advance of Game 4 of the NBA Finals.
"Pretty much all of their big-name guys are in their 20s", the Cavs' James said, "and they don't show any signs of slowing down".
Three-point jump shots, points in the paint, and a tight defense gave them the lead going into the fourth quarter. "And so I don't know as far as me personally right now".