Warriors' Game 5 win wraps up highly-watched NBA Finals

Posted June 17, 2017

Super team? No, we just work extremely well together. The final score was 129-120, and the Warriors had reclaimed their throne.

They outplayed the home team in the first quarter and displayed more aggressiveness that forced the Warriors to turn the ball over. J.R. Smith and Tristan Thompson made big contributions. "I can't wait to celebrate with my teammates in the locker room".

I couldn't have been happier that Durant ditched Oklahoma City this summer, and the fact that he was going from the team I hate more than any other in this world to my favorite team should have been an absolute coup. The Warriors chose to let LeBron have his way but made sure no other player's offense erupted. He also lead his team in points, rebounds, assists, blocks, minutes, and field goal percentage. Kyrie Irving followed up his 40-point gem in Friday's Game 4 with 26 points but shot 9 for 22. He drilled threes when the Cavs needed them most, played defense on three of the most potent offensive players in the National Basketball Association, and when no one else was open, he threw up an alley-oop to himself. Superstars want to team up with one another to chase titles, and they're getting the results they're seeking.

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Durant's gesture would allow the Warriors a chance to use their Bird rights to re-sign their own free agents (mostly notably Iguodala and Livingston) to deals far more comparable to what they would likely see on the open market. However, Curry was able to showcase his unique skill set by making the right plays at the right time.

This was James' eight Finals appearance, and his seventh consecutive, joining an elite group of Boston Celtics players from the 1950s and 1960s to play in seven straight Finals. The 6 feet 3 inches point guard nearly averaged a triple-double in these series (26.8 points, 8 rebounds, 9.4 assists).

"Kevin's journey, our team embraced him". Durant finished the game with 39 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists.

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"It's special team, a special group", Durant said.

Durant didn't really need a hard sell that day in the Hamptons. Klay Thompson, he was just supposed to be this okay shooter in the league, like that's what you thought of Klay Thompson when he came in.

LeBron James' 3-5 Finals record with three Finals MVPs holds up more than fine, and if anything, his performance in his past two Finals losses - against Golden State in 2015 and 2017 - adds to his legacy. How many more can they win? We're going to do everything we can to keep this team together.

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Despite all that firepower, there would be no dramatic NBA Finals comeback this season. You got to call Kevin Durant a champ now.