Kevin Durant wins 2017 NBA Finals MVP award

Faith Castro
June 13, 2017

Chamberlain's 19.2 rebounds per game topped the league.

After rocking the NBA a year ago with his decision to leave Oklahoma City as a free agent and sign with the Warriors, Durant's dream came true Monday, June 12 (Tuesday in Manila) when Golden State beat Cleveland 129-120 to win the best-of-7 NBA Finals 4 games to one. When Durant was interviewed for the incredible feat of scoring 30 points or more in each of the five finals games, his mum Wanda just couldn't leave her baby's (formerly) chubby chin alone, could she?

The Cavs fall to 1-2 in their three Finals series against the Warriors and James sees his overall finals record fall to 3-5. And in these Finals, it was well-earned. But the Warriors bench had been the difference through three quarters. You could feel the nervousness circling the building.

Through two games of these Finals, the Warriors' margin for error looked to be as wide as the San Francisco Bay.

Durant scored 39 points in the Warriors' 129-120 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers to win the first ring of his career. Cleveland had an answer for plenty, but not Durant, not in the series-deciding moments.

LeBron James scored 41 points and Kyrie Irving 26 for the Cavs, who had won four straight potential elimination games against the Warriors before running out of gas in Game 5.

Even before tipoff, confident fans at downtown Oakland bars taunted Cavaliers' star LeBron James, and weathered an up-and-down game before the Warriors gradually took control in the second half. But they were delivered a prime chance to vanquish that loss - and the 3-1 ghosts that haunted them - at home in Game 5. "They beat us, but I'm pretty sure we'll be back and we'll be ready to battle again".

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The Cavaliers had a strong start.

Durant had two driving layups in the first quarter and Curry had a couple himself. Replays showed that Durant did hit James on the head, which should have been his third personal foul.

The Cavaliers are the clear-cut second-favorites to win next year's title, at 3-1 at the SuperBook.

Durant drove left, right and down the middle, knocked down 3-pointers, dished and dunked.

Tristan Thompson's 15 points for Cleveland in game five surpassed his tally in the the first four games combined (13). Overcame a 63-point performance from Michael Jordan in a first-round sweep of Chicago, but had to settle for beating Houston in the NBA Finals after the Rockets knocked off the hated Lakers in the West finals. Revelers poured into the heart of downtown Oakland at 14th and Broadway, cheering calls of "Warriors!" that bounced off buildings in downtown intersections.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) 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. That's what many in the organization will be doing in the coming days, weeks and months as they try to figure out how to topple the mighty Warriors.

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