Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry lead Warriors to NBA title

The 39-point effort in Game 5 capped a series when he was the best player nearly every night, no small feat when LeBron James was putting up a performance for the ages, averaging a triple-double for the Cavs.

Obviously, I haven't been around Durant all season but I have watched him rather closely the last two weeks, saw him at the all-star game in New Orleans last February and, heck, saw him the first time he ever played for the Warriors way back in October in Vancouver.

"So I would hope we're more ready, more prepared tonight".

When the Cavaliers opted not to double him in the closing seconds of the quarter - this time following a 3-1 pick-and-roll with Curry acting as the screener - Durant used his strength to get deep position on Irving before drawing a shooting foul. The 89 points Golden State finished with that evening would stand as its lowest total of the season with Durant in the lineup.

WESTERVELT: Durant's stellar play all season and throughout the playoffs vindicated Golden State's big payout to the superstar in a controversial offseason deal that had some basketball fans complaining about a competitive imbalance in the NBA.

We saw the variety of ways the Warriors can score when Curry and Durant are involved in those situations throughout the NBA Finals.

"I had a letdown previous year", Green said.

But the Warriors are brimming with confidence, knowing they didn't have Kevin Durant to help them a year ago. "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". So I just tried to stay with those principles and keep grinding.

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"You can call us a super team, but it's been a lot of super teams that hasn't worked", Durant said.

2015 Finals MVP Andre Iguodala scored 20 points off the bench. I thought we played well, got better each game, but against good teams you can't give away games like Game 3 at home and then expect to come here and win in a hostile environment. Malone averaged 24.5 points and a league-leading 15.3 rebounds while winning his second straight MVP award and made his boast that the 76ers would sweep every series in four games. No time for losers 'cause we are the champions.

LeBron James has 12 points and so does Kyrie Irving for the Cavs. "So, this is the culmination of a year where they grew together and learned each other's games and got better and better all year, and it was just phenomenal to be part of".

"You got a bunch of guys who are talented and can shoot and pass and dribble, and they're unselfish", Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said.

OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 12: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts during Game 5 of the 2017 NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors at ORACLE Arena on June 12, 2017 in Oakland, California.

"I'm not the GM of the team", James said.

That said, he's a likable guy who wore his country's flag when the Warriors were celebrating. Brown doesn't seem like the vengeance type so he's probably just happy to win a title and couldn't care less about who it was against.

I vaguely do and the only thing I had remotely to do with them on this never-ending journey was running into on Mr. V. Carter in Cleveland one day last week and having a nice long chat with him.

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