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Villain vindicated: What the Finals MVP award meant for Durant's title win

Villain vindicated: What the Finals MVP award meant for Durant's title win

Cleveland won one game in the final, and almost two.

The Warriors have now won two National Basketball Association titles in the last three years, and after watching them go 16-1 on their way to this one, it's hard to imagine anyone stopping them in the foreseeable future. Golden State did everything right.

"I told him, 'We tied up now, ' and we gonna try to do this thing again", Durant said. The Warriors won 129-120 to win the National Basketball Association champion.

(AP Photo/Josh Edelson). Fans light fireworks on a street in downtown Oakland, Calif., after the Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers in game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday June 12, 2017. Even with all their talent it wasn't easy, as Boston needed seven games to beat Philadelphia in the Eastern Division finals and then seven more in the NBA Finals — the last going to overtime — to beat Los Angeles. 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". The final sequence said it all, as Curry lost his dribble while driving on one end and J.R. Smith buried a left-wing three in transition on the other. Abdul-Jabbar was the league's MVP and scoring champion, averaging 31.7 points.

After being sidelined for part of last season and again during the 2017 playoffs with back pain, head coach Steve Kerr returned during the Finals and said he intends to coach "for a long time". Led the league with 121 points per game while outscoring opponents by 12.3 per night behind their potent backcourt of Goodrich and West, who each averaged almost 26 points to rank in the league's top six.

The Warriors said in a statement that they've yet to receive the customary invitation to the White House for their big win, and they will make those decisions "when and if necessary". He led his team to a dominating game-four win in Cleveland. Game 5 would prove to be less fruitful, as everything clicked for the Warriors upon their return to Oracle Arena and they sealed the deal.

Just about every word with a negative connotation could have been affixed to the former MVP and it would sound just about right. 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. We were down 3-1. Jordan led the league in scoring and Rodman in rebounding, and their three stars were perhaps the league's best defensive players at their positions, making it almost impossible to score against the Bulls at times. And that team chemistry allowed them to steamroll team in the playoffs. Finals MVP, 4-1, world champions.

Future Hall of Famers on team: To be determined. "They did a great job, their front office and their players, by doing that recruiting, the things that they did in the summertime, and obviously it paid dividends". They finished one victory short of the NBA's first ideal postseason, but bounced back from their Game 4 loss to Cleveland in the NBA Finals with another high-scoring performance.


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