Former Longhorn Kevin Durant wins NBA Finals MVP as Warriors win title

It also created lofty expectations for Durant, with many onlookers saying his move would be a failure if the Warriors did not go on to win a title in their first season together.

To anyone thinking about saying or writing that LeBron James's legacy is tarnished after losing the 2017 NBA Finals to the Golden State Warriors, I say this: Don't. Durant joined the Warriors as a free agent after they failed in the Finals against Cleveland a year ago, becoming the first team ever to blow a 3-1 Finals lead.

"He's the only person that I was looking at since 2012", Durant said after the game. "They're assembled as good as you can assemble, and I played against some really, really good teams that was assembled perfectly, and they're right up there".

"Not one time did I feel like we were overmatched until probably like I looked up, there was like a minute and 20 (seconds), and we were down 13, I believe, or something at that point", James said, "and I was like, OK, we left everything on the floor, and it still wasn't enough".

3-Point Goals: 11-24, .458 (Smith 7-8, James 2-5, Irving 1-2, Korver 1-2, Jefferson 0-1, Shumpert 0-1, Dero.Williams 0-2, Love 0-3).

Golden State Warriors in numbersWhat's next for LeBron James? I have no reason to look back at what I could have done or what I shouldn't have done or what I could have done better for the team. Shortly after, KD came to the microphone to discuss what had just happened with the Warriors placing their name in the history books, winning two championships in three years. "I had a letdown past year", Warriors emotional leader Draymond Green said.

That's what the Cavaliers must do after falling to the Warriors in the final for the second time in three seasons, having rallied from 3-1 down past year to win the crown when James led the series in points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks-another unprecedented feat. "He's had an wonderful career, but he just took it to the next level", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.

"Experience is the best teacher in life, and he's just experiencing and experiencing and experiencing", James said.

Draymond Green of the Warriors stayed on the court in a game that featured three technicals on one play 3:08 before halftime.

Coming into the game, the Cavaliers had seized the momentum by finally winning in Game 4 at home. The Warriors won a league-record 14 consecutive games during this year's playoffs and went 16-1 overall in the postseason.

Durant is just the third player since 1969 to win the Finals MVP honour in their first season with a team.

Cavaliers forward LeBron James was the highest scorer on the night with 41 points and early in the second quarter they appeared to be in the driver's seat, having built an eight-point lead.

Smith broke the Cavaliers out of their slump with a deep two-pointer from the right wing, but Green answered with a three-pointer from the left corner of the floor that Durant followed with a triple of his own from the right wing. In the other three quarters, Cleveland held a four-point advantage.

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