Finals MVP Durant celebrates with fans outside Oracle Arena

Lynette Rowe
June 14, 2017

The #Golden State Warriors pulled away from the Cleveland Cavaliers in a high scoring 129-120 game five to win the NBA Championship and get revenge for last year's loss.

The Warriors, who beat Cleveland in the 2015 NBA Finals only to lose to them past year after squandering a 3-1 series lead, went a record-setting 15-1 in the playoffs, their only loss coming in Game 4 of the best-of-seven championship.

Not to mention he got a quick jab at his critics with a well-timed Nike commercial shorty after the confetti fell in Oracle Arena.

The NBA champion Golden State Warriors will not visit President Donald Trump at The White House following the team's title win last night, according to multiple reports. Their one title came past year when the Cavs became the first National Basketball Association team to rally from a 3-1 Finals deficit to deliver the city its first major championship since 1964.

While it was a huge win for the Warriors - it's the franchise's fifth championship win and second since 1975 - it was arguably an even more meaningful win for Nike athlete and Finals MVP Kevin Durant. They have an aging core, most of whom are free agents or can opt-out and become free agents this summer. Replays showed that Durant did hit James on the head, which should have been his third personal foul.

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As a player, Kerr won five championships and was a member of the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls team led by Michael Jordan that won a then-league-record 72 games and beat the Seattle SuperSonics in the Finals.

The NBA Finals on ABC is expected to win the night across all of television for the 60th consecutive time. Durant's mother, Wanda, spoke out on First Take during these Finals to criticize Smith for saying her son's move was weak. "He was incredible all season long".

On NBC, the season premiere of "American Ninja Warrior" averaged a 1.4 rating in the 18-49 demo from 8-10 p.m., down 18% from last year's premiere, and 5.4 million viewers. He had an fantastic series, just dominated. Deron Williams missed a 3-pointer that would have cut the deficit to two points and rookie Patrick McCaw scored two big buckets in the final two minutes of the period to give Golden State just a little bit of breathing room.

"We felt like Kevin could come in and help us", he added.

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