LeBron's finals triple double history doesn't ease loss

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, center, shoots against Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) during the second half of Game 5 of basketball's NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Monday, June 12, 2017. So naturally, following the Warriors' 129-120 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, Wanda Durant showed up front and center to shower her baby boy with love.

Well, all talks of history have been officially thwarted as the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Golden State Warriors last night to force a Game 5 and end the Warriors bid for a ideal postseason.

Stephen Curry added 34 points, 10 assists and six rebounds as Golden State closed out its second title in three years after squandering a 3-1 lead a year ago. The team had met, socialized and posed for pictures with Barack Obama after winning the title in 2015.

Kyrie Irving had 26 points and J.R. Smith chipped in 25 on 7 of 8 from 3-point range.

With the off-season acquisition of Durant, the Warriors, arguably, have the NBA's best collection of players in recent decades. "We didn't seem that nervous in Game 4", Kerr said on Monday.

Speculation has risen since the Warriors' Monday night championship victory that the team may skip out on meeting the president, as National Basketball Association champions traditionally do.

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.

Kevin Durant, less deferential that he has ever been, spent the playoffs taking with authority everything he believed belonged to him.

(AP Photo/Josh Edelson). Fans light fireworks on a street in downtown Oakland, Calif., after the Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers in game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday June 12, 2017.

Durant's stellar play all season and throughout the playoffs vindicated Golden State's massive payout to the superstar in a controversial off-season deal.

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"If Kevin Durant was the consolation for (last year's) loss, thanks for the loss", Draymond Green said.

Instead, James' performances were rendered irrelevant and his Cavaliers ineffectual.

The Warriors didn't simply add Durant's great individual talents to their own, they incorporated them so thoroughly that, for the most part, they were indistinguishable from each other.

STEPHANIE ABBATI: They play unselfish basketball every night, in and out, and I think that's why they are so unbelievable.

At the start, Curry took a back seat to let KD get comfortable.

That wasn't the only time James got the best of Durant on a dunk during the NBA Finals. "I thought they gave everything they had, and we fought, we competed, and we never gave in, but they beat us".

"You have to tip your hat to Cleveland", he said.

Cavs coach Tyronn Lue was asked about his team's needs when told of Kerr's comments. And throughout the Finals, it often looked as though they were listening to him.

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