The Bernstein Brief: Kevin Durant Completes His Validation

The Champagne is beginning to dry, the hangovers are wearing off, and the Mission Street mayhem has subsided from Monday night's Golden State Warriors NBA Finals championship win, which naturally means it's nearly time for a championship parade.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James reacts during the second half of Game 5 of basketball's NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors in Oakland, Calif., Monday, June 12, 2017.

James, who in 2012 with Miami beat the Thunder in Durant's only other Finals, wound up with 41 points, 13 rebounds and 8 assists.

Warriors superstar Kevin Durant, who at the end of last season left Oklahoma City for the Bay Area in free agency, scored 39 points in the game-five win to claim the Bill Russell Finals MVP award.

"I knew it was going to be a battle I just tried to challenge him. you can't stop the guy".

"We're going down as one of the best teams ever and that's a special thing you can not take away from us", Warriors reserve Andre Iguodala said.

It was obvious coming into the game that the Cavaliers needed to play their best game of the season in order to win.

Kyrie Irving had 26 points and J.R. Smith 25 for the Cavaliers, who, like the Warriors, were competing in their third straight Finals. "I'm trying to build a second part of my life as a man living in a different part of the country, just trying to do different things", he told The Washington Post earlier this year.

After a one-year stint with San Antonio in the 2015-16 season, he joined Golden State last summer and validated his decision with a win on Monday.

Kerr was hired as the Warriors' coach on May 19, 2014 and guided the team to a 67-15 regular-season record and an National Basketball Association championship in 2014-15.

Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said there were tears in the locker room after the final defeat, including his own.

The Cavaliers forward averaged a triple-double during the 2017 NBA Finals, but it wasn't enough to prevent the Cavaliers from losing in five games to the Warriors.

"I have no reason to put my head down", James said.

Kevin Durant's love and respect for his mother Wanda is well known.

"I just wanted to come in there and just be me".

"We learned from everything we've been through", Warriors point guard Stephen Curry said during the trophy celebration.

"It was unbelievable. The energy in this building from the time we stepped foot on the floor was on 12 out of 10".

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