Kevin Durant sends love to Rihanna after Warriors win title

Kevin Durant sends love to Rihanna after Warriors win title

Kevin Durant, the MVP of the finals led the way for the Warriors with 39 points.

Durant, finishing his 10th pro season, made himself the favorite for the award when he scored 14 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter of Game 3 when the Warriors closed the game on an 11-0 run.

The Warriors finished the National Basketball Association postseason with a 16-1 record after sweeping the previous three rounds.

James was valiant in defeat for the Cavs with 41 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists.

The playoff run through the East - a notable 26-point comeback on their own against IN in the first round, a brilliant closeout game by Irving IN Toronto to end the second round, James and Irving taking turns dominating Boston IN the conference finals - erased most of those regular-season questions. Golden State Warriors players celebrate after beating the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 5 of basketball's NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Monday, June 12, 2017.

The Warriors' lead actually reached 17 points later, but the saving grace for the Cavs was an 8-2 surge at the end of the half, spurred by two three-pointers by Smith, that cut their deficit to 71-60 and kept the game within reach.

"We have to be more on edge".

It validated the notion of Warriors general manager Bob Myers, who risked what he had built counting on Durant to be the final piece in building a juggernaut.

"Yeah, I hear all the narratives throughout the season that I was joining, I was hopping on bandwagons, I was letting everybody else do the work", Durant said.

In the end, the Cavaliers simply did not have enough top-class talent to topple the Warriors, even with four-time league MVP James doing all he could to keep his team in it.

The victory capped a near-perfect run for the champions through the playoffs. But the Warriors bench had been the difference through three quarters.

"I couldn't sleep for two days", Durant said.

For a while it looked like that run might just continue and the Warriors would put this one away early until J.R. Smith, the streakiest of streaky shooters got it going.

Game 5 also followed the script the Cavaliers feared.

Durant and Curry were always right in the middle, yet they stayed loose and focused by building their own relationship - not to mention shooting skills - through regular shooting contests that were oh so close. "They're assembled as good as you can assemble, and I played against some really, really good teams that was assembled perfectly, and they're right up there".

I can see how you'd have a negative reaction to that.

Cleveland has now lost two of the three showdowns in this Finals trilogy. Steph Curry added 34 for the newly-crowned champions.

Through two games of these Finals, the Warriors' margin for error looked to be as wide as the San Francisco Bay. Asked before the game if his team would approach the game as if it had "nothing to lose", Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue responded, "We do have something to lose: a championship".

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