Durant capped his spectacular first season with the Warriors by bringing home an National Basketball Association championship, scoring 39 points in a Finals-clinching 129-120 victory over LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 5 on Monday night.
After 10 years playing in the league, an MVP season, one lost final and negative attention after his decision to join the Warriors and leave Oklahoma, Kevin Durant finally became a champion.
The Warriors recorded an ominous, 15-game playoffs winning streak and finished off the season with and NBA-best 16-1 record.
ESPN proudly announced Tuesday the 2017 NBA Finals between Golden State and Cleveland on ABC was the most-watched NBA Finals since 1998, according to Nielsen. The opportunity to lead true dynasties don't come along frequently for players; the chance of another opportunity being more enticing than the one the Warriors present may not really exist.
Knowing Durant had to be careful, LeBron James drove to the rim and threw down a vicious dunk over the Warriors star that gave the Cavaliers a 41-33 lead with less than two minutes gone in the second quarter.
The Warriors secured a 129-120 victory on Monday to take their second title in three seasons and cap a near-perfect run through the play-offs.
"To be back here and bring gold Larry [O'Brien] back home, I'm just excited to be a part of this group and accomplish something special".
After getting his own back this time around, Durant said: "He averaged a triple-double - you just can't stop the guy - but we got him". Lastly, this was also the first time in NBA Finals history that four different players averaged at least 25 points per game. But in Game 5, it wasn't LeBron that let the Cleveland Cavaliers down: it was the bench.