Curry, Durant look to build a Warriors dynasty

Curry, Durant look to build a Warriors dynasty

Kevin Durant was named Finals MVP after averaging 35.2 points, 8.2 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game while shooting 55% from the field.

"Love you, girl, but I got to do it", Durant told USA TODAY Sports as he clutched the MVP trophy.

"But tonight was a little different, just based on the things I've had to go through during this time".

2017 marked James' seventh-consecutive finals appearance.

A year ago, these Warriors fell short after a record-setting season that included a 24-0 start and 73 victories at the end to break the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls' wins mark. We struggled at first, then, as a smart team does, that plays together, that's unpredictable out there, they figured it out, and when I was hurt, they took it to another level.

Just two teams (Miami Heat and Cavaliers) have represented the Eastern Conference in the Finals the last seven seasons, while the Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs representing the Western Conference the last five seasons.

Brooks for the win
The 54-hole leader, Brian Harman , entered Sunday's final round attempting to become the first left-handed player to win the U.S. As Harman began to fade, Koepka poured it on with birdies over the next three holes, lightly pumping his fist after each one.

The Cavaliers held a 37-33 advantage after one quarter, but the Warriors stormed back in the second quarter, taking a 71-60 lead at the half. "I think our guys just did a good job of hanging in there".

"But we were disciplined, we had a message everyday - it was always just about us".

Warriors coach Steve Kerr sees Durant as that missing piece to turning a formidable club into a historic juggernaut.

Game Five wasn't all Durant; Stephen Curry scored 34 points, Iguodala added 20 off the bench, and Klay Thompson and Draymond Green scored 11 and 10 points, respectively. Unlike last season, there will be no jokes about blowing a 3-1 lead; the Warriors took care of business in championship fashion.

He's advanced to seven straight and eight overall in his 14-year career and has surfaced a 3-5 record, while guys like Michael Jordan (6-0), Bill Russell (11-1) and Robert Horry (7-0) have ideal or unblemished records in the pinnacle of basketball.

With talk of the team being an National Basketball Association power for years to come, the brothers and other kids may grow up in an era of Warriors dominance that could make this year's celebration a regular occurrence - although not one that takes place in Oakland much longer. "I'm so happy Kevin has broken through and there's more to come from him".

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