Finals MVP Kevin Durant helps bring Golden State Warriors another NBA title

Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors walks off the court after being defeated b the Cleveland Cavaliers in game four of the 2017 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland Ohio on June 9

Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors walks off the court after being defeated b the Cleveland Cavaliers in game four of the 2017 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland Ohio on June 9

The main headliner was Kevin Durant, who infamously joined the Warriors as a free agent from western conference rivals Oklohama City Thunder following last year's finals.

Kevin Durant capped his spectacular first season with the Warriors by bringing home that coveted National Basketball Association 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.

Fast-forward a year later and Durant has been named 2017 NBA Finals MVP, having scored 30-plus points in all five games en route to his first NBA Championship.

LeBron James fell two assists shy of his second consecutive triple-double, contributing team highs of 41 points and 13 boards for the Cavaliers.

Stephen Curry, who had a poor showing in the 2016 finals, also put in a good performance with 34 points, 10 assists and six rebounds while James' 41 points were not enough for his hometown team as the 32-year-old suffered his fifth loss in eight finals appearances. Then it was Golden State's turn again, taking the title in five games. I'm just excited to do something special.

But coach Steve Kerr, who only returned to the team in time for game two of the finals after a period of medical leave to deal with complications arising from back surgery, joked afterwards: "We have very little talent actually, it's mostly coaching!"

Here's hoping that the two future Hall of Famers face off in more Finals to come. You need that. And when we come out the beginning of Game 4 and lose shooters and turn the ball over carelessly, we're obviously not ready.

The Warriors won the title in 2015 before the Cavaliers made their historic comeback a year ago. And with the team's core lineup all in their prime, it looks like they could remain at championship caliber for several more seasons. "I'm ready to do it again".

"For me personally, I left everything on the floor every game, all five games", James said.

This time, King James gave way to KD. "I can't wait to celebrate with my teammates in the locker room".

Irving and James turned back-to-back steals into impressive tone-setting layups as part of a 16-3 Cleveland run for an 20-12 edge, James hitting 4-of-5 for 10 points at the start.

That's when tensions and emotions bubbled over after a heated rebound battle, leading to a face-to-face confrontation between Golden State's David West and Cleveland's Tristan Thompson.

And at the other end of the court, with literally nothing but pride at stake, J.R. Smith went and changed gambling outcomes across the country, draining a three with just 15 seconds left.

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