Kevin Durant capped his spectacular first season with the Warriors by bringing home that coveted National Basketball Association championship he joined Golden State last July so determined to get, scoring 39 points in a fast-and-furious, finals-clinching 129-120 victory over LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night.
Durant, an eight-time All-Star who only needed a ring to cement his superstar status, scored 39 points in a championship-clinching 129-120 victory and averaged 35.2 points and 8.4 rebounds in these Finals.
(AP Photo/Josh Edelson). Fans light a LeBron James jersey on fire after the Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers in game 5 of the NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., on Monday June 12, 2017. "But at the end of the day from when I played him in the 2012 Finals to now, experience is the best teacher in life, and he's just experiencing and experiencing and experiencing". "I've been so lucky to be part of so many championship teams as a player and now as a coach, and it never gets old".
"You can talk about whatever you want to talk about, but nobody comes in and cares about the game or loves the game as much as I do or works as hard as do I at the basketball game".
The Warriors, who beat Cleveland in the 2015 Finals only to lose to them past year after squandering a 3-1 series lead, went a record-setting 16-1 in the playoffs, their only loss coming in Game Four of the best-of-seven championship. And this is the difference in the debate over whether he is the greatest player of all time.
She also re-posted a picture she shared a year ago of James' number 23 scrawled onto her stomach in sunscreen - this time with the Jordan Crying Face meme edited onto her face. "But that guy is way over".
"He's freaking awesome", Irving said of James. "You have to tip your hat to Cleveland", he added.
In fact, Lue was so proud of his team's effort throughout the NBA Playoffs that admittedly, he broke down in the locker room while addressing the players following the Game 5 loss.
The Warriors are math, yes, but at some point someone has to arrange and balance the equation. James shot 56.4% from the field and 38.7 on three-pointers (just 64.9% on free throws). When it was all said and done the Warriors got through the 2017 postseason with just a single loss. "It's tough to get back and get matched, especially with their speed". Golden State general manager Bob Myers also was moved to tears given Kerr's courageous Finals comeback from an 11-game absence while dealing with complications from back surgery following the 2015 title run. West, Thompson and J.R. Smith received techs after a replay review. Aron Baynes played in the 2014 NBA Finals with the San Antonio Spurs against a LeBron James led Miami Heat.
But in the featured matchup of the NBA Finals, Kevin Durant had his rival in the only area he cared about: wins.
"Teams and franchises are going to be trying to figure out ways that they can put personnel together, the right group of guys together to be able to hopefully compete against this team", James said.
"When I made a decision to go back to Cleveland, I had to decide because our owner at the time when I left decided put out this f-king article that we all know about where he completely bashed me and disrespected not only me as an individual but it disrespected my name".