Emotions raw for Cavs in locker room after loss, Tyronn Lue says

Lynette Rowe
June 14, 2017

On the court moments after the win, Durant hugged his mother Wanda and talked about the support he received from his family, friends, and his hometown.

From the Bay all the way to OKC.

The win spelled redemption for the Warriors, who brought forward Kevin Durant over from the Oklahoma City Thunder last offseason to bolster their already high-powered offense.

"I ain't got to say nothing", Durant said, as if that was all he had to say. "So for me personally I have no reason to put my head down", he said.

The Warriors are math, yes, but at some point someone has to arrange and balance the equation.

"We learned from everything we've been through", Curry said during the trophy celebration. "Our perspective, being blessed to play on this stage three years in a row".

"Steph definitely took a back seat to start the season until he realized we didn't need him to take a back seat, we need you to be aggressive as you're going to be", forward Draymond Green said.

Cleveland: James (41 + 13 rebounds + 8 assists), Irving (26 + 6 assists), Smith (25). During the off-season, you will surely read how James wants a better big man than Kevin Love and other scorers, passers and rebounders to compete with a team that will be even more heavily favored to win again in 2018.

"Getting that first championship for me was like having my first son", he added.

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James hit a 3-pointer on the next possession and the Cavs didn't go away, cutting a 17-point deficit to three in the opening minute of the fourth quarter with help from Smith's 25 points.

Kevin Durant led the way for the Warriors with 39 points, with Stephen Curry contributing 34.

After 10 National Basketball Association seasons, eight all-star selections, four scoring championships and an MVP award, Durant finally captured the only remaining elusive feat in his career - a ring. "This is Golden State's era". Not to mention a healthy one after his 2016 injuries. "Like I said, tried to be myself, be aggressive and sacrifice as well".

"We were able to get them previous year, and they went out and got one of the best players that this league has ever seen", James said. Thompson and Smith confronted West and all three of those players got technical fouls.

"It's different just because of what happened previous year to be honest", Curry said. "If KD was the consolation prize to lose, thanks for that loss, and we're champs this year". "Steve will be our coach".

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.

The buzzer sounded and gold confetti began to fall.

Durant did indeed join a ready-made contender by teaming up with two-time reigning league MVP Stephen Curry on a team that won it all in 2015 and were runners-up a year ago after a season in which they had a record 73 wins in 82 games.

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