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Golden State Wins 4-1, Kevin Durant Named Finals MVP

Ben Migono / June 13, 2017

The Cleveland Cavaliers came back from a 3-1 deficit last year, but history did not repeat itself this time.


What was different? Two words: Kevin Durant.


Durant lead the way for the Warriors in all five games, just check out these numbers. From Game 1-5, KD scored 38, 33, 31, 35, and 39 in the series clinching winner. In the process, he became the first player since Shaq in 2000 to score 30+ in five straight NBA Finals games. He now sits behind Rick Barry and Michael Jordan in career scoring average in the NBA Finals. Barry had a 36.3 ppg average while Jordan had 33.6. Durant sits at 32.9 currently. If anyone was going to challenge him for MVP honors was LeBron James.


James has averaged a triple-double over the series in a losing effort and became the first player in NBA history to accomplish this feat in the NBA Finals.



But this year, it wasn’t James’ time. It was Durant’s. When the two first met in the finals in 2012 when the Oklahoma City Thunder faced the Miami Heat, James won that round. Five years later, Durant says they’re even now. When Golden State defeated the Thunder last year, and Durant joined the Warriors via free agency, there was only one goal on KD’s mind, and that’s a championship. Looks like the decision has paid off. Make no mistake – Kevin Durant is a heck of a player.



Congrats to the Golden State Warriors!