Last year, Warriors wasted their 3-1 lead & failed to conquer Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2016 NBA Finals, but this time they were way better & wanted to go from a one-time title winner to a dynasty.
Golden State Warriors lifts the title after crushing Cleveland by 129-120 in the Game 5 of NBA Finals.
Kevin Durant earned M.V.P & worth every penny as he lead the Warriors to their second championship in three years.
Durant, who became just the sixth player in N.B.A. history to score 30 or more points in each game of a finals, had 39 in the series-clinching Game 5 victory. He proved his value all over the court with dominant play inside, great outside shooting and tenacious defense as the Warriors beat the Cavaliers 129-120.
In a tear-filled interview on the court after the game, Durant said he had not slept in two days and was anxious and jittery before the game, but all of that was over now.
“We prevailed,” Durant said. “We’re champions and we did it on our own floor.” “We have very little talent, actually, it was most coaching,” he deadpanned before saying he had the best job in the world.
Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson & Andre lguodala have now won two championships, but this year they had Durant at their side to help bring the Larry O’Brien trophy back to the Bay Area.
LeBron James has stood in the way of Golden State each of the last three seasons. He stole a title last season, but this year he was only able to prevent the sweep in Game 4. He was incredible throughout the entirety of the series, but his game-high 41 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists wasn’t enough to send the series back to Cleveland for Game 6.
Despite having nearly the entire roster eligible for free agency, the Warriors are expected to bring the entire core back next year. But for now it’s party time for Golden State Warriors & a new dynasty in the making.