Along with Curry that day were Iguodala, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson.
On his signature play of these NBA Finals, LeBron James tossed the ball off the backboard, caught his own ricochet and slammed it home. Most times it doesn’t.
LeBron James’ legacy will get more backlash for this Finals loss, but in the end it wasn’t his fault that his subs couldn’t deliver when he needed them most. “It’s about the group, the Golden State Warriors, the whole Bay Area that’s been supporting us since day one, believing that we can do this”. “But then that was far from the truth”.
“I just try to put in the work”, James said. “Some teams wouldn’t embrace a guy who came into a situation like ours”. But every team has to do that to win a title.
“The way he embraced the opportunity in the finals was unbelievable”, he added.
Durant was an eight-time All Star, NBA MVP, Rookie of the Year and a four-time scoring champion, but now he can add NBA Champion and NBA Finals MVP to his list of achievements.
“I’m happy for him”, Curry said.
The party began as soon as Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry and the Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 129-120 at Oracle Arena to clinch their second championship in three years Monday night. He was incredible all season long. “It was unbelievable to just see that all year, and right now just to be here with these guys, it’s awesome“. “To experience this with her; she knows how important it is to me. And there’s more to come from him”. The 89 points Golden State finished with that evening would stand as its lowest total of the season with Durant in the lineup. Still, he insisted he had another notch to raise his game, and he certainly found it.
Durant drove left, right and down the middle, knocked down 3-pointers, dished and dunked.
Ten years after becoming the No. 2 draft pick behind Greg Oden, Durant has reached the pinnacle. The Warriors won 129-120 to win the National Basketball Association champio. He can’t do it alone. “I need to sit down and figure this thing out”, said James.
“I couldn’t sleep for two days”. That’s something I talked about coming into the league, wanting to do it year in and year out. Nothing should distract from what we were able to accomplish together and the different kind of ceremonies that have happened around championship-winning teams. But this is not an individual sport.
This is a major start.
At the time, Durant called the leadup to his decision the most challenging few weeks of his National Basketball Association career, and even said it was not about winning titles but about personal growth and quality-of-life choices. “We’re going down as one of the best teams ever, and that’s a special thing you can not take away from us”. “And he showed that”. In these Finals alone, he’s already leaped over Sam Jones (1,143), Bill Russell (1,151), Elgin Baylor (1,161) and Michael Jordan (1,176) on the Finals scoring list. “It’s different just because of what happened a year ago”.
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