Kevin Durant capped his spectacular first season with the Warriors by bringing home that coveted NBA championship he joined Golden State in July so determined to get.
OAKLAND, Calif. – Kevin Durant capped his spectacular first season with the Warriors by bringing home that coveted NBA championship he joined Golden State in 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.
Stephen Curry added 34 points, 10 assists and six rebounds in Game 5 as Golden State closed out its second title in three years after squandering a 3-1 lead a year ago to the Cavaliers to miss a repeat. That stung ever since, and even Durant understood, because he gave up the same lead to the Warriors a round earlier with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
“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,” Durant said. “ You can talk about whatever happens on the outside, but inside those lines, I come to bring it every day. I work hard, I believe in myself, I believe in the game, I respect the game, I love the game, and I knew at some point in my life that it will come around for me.”
James, who in 2012 with the Miami Heat beat the Thunder in Durant’s only other Finals, wound up with 41 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists. Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving followed up his 40-point gem in Friday’s Game 4 with 26 points but shot 9 for 22.
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