Durant capped his spectacular first season with the Warriors by bringing home that coveted National Basketball Association championship he joined Golden State last July so determined to get, scoring 39 points in a fast-and-furious, Finals-clinching 129-120 victory over LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 5 on Monday night.
But just like they were in 2015, the Warriors were too hot to handle.
"I'm pretty sure we'll be back and we'll be ready to battle again", he said, while sharing glowing remarks about James, who became the first ever player to average a triple-double in the finals (33.6 points, 12.0 rebounds and 10.0 assists).
Additionally, Durant is only the third player to win Finals MVP in his first year with a team, joining Magic Johnson (1980 Lakers) and Moses Malone (1983 76ers).
LeBron James and Kevin Durant shared a moment of mutual respect at the end of the game.
Having added Durant last off-season to the talents of Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green among others, it was perhaps hardly surprising they should sweep all before them.
"From when I played against him in 2012 to now. experience is the best teacher in life, and it also helps when you're able to experience things with this team". Rings do matter, but the Warriors knowing that they had to add a talent like Durant to take down No. 23 says it all.
Throughout these years it seemed that Durant wants a championship ring not because of himself, but as a gift to his mother and all the sacrifices that she made in order to provide a future for her son.
This time, James and Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving dragged the team to one dominant victory, in Game Four, while they blew an 11-point lead in Game Three. "Like I said, tried to be myself, be aggressive and sacrifice as well".
The Warriors, who were playing a Game 5 for the first time in the postseason, shot 51.1 percent from the field and 36.8 percent on 3-pointers.
We'll have to see next year if both teams make it for another go 'round at a ring.