Published: Wed, June 14, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Klay Thompson wins second NBA Finals

Klay Thompson wins second NBA Finals

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant enjoyed a hefty locker room celebration before speaking to reporters after scoring 39 points in his team's victory, which brought him his first National Basketball Association crown. "They're going to be the highest favourite we've ever had going into a season, any team in any sport", Jeff Serman, an odds maker at the Westgate SuperBook, was quoted as saying by ESPN. "This is a team sport and I just try and do my best with the team". If they had to do that again this year, they would be forced to renounce key reserves Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston. "So I've also realized that as far as becoming more of a team player, since my first year I've grown so much and I'm proud of myself in that area as well, but I've got a long ways to go".

However, Iguodala assisted a Durant dunk and added one of his own off a Curry feed, reopening a double-digit lead and making the final 7:42 an extended celebration among the Oracle Arena fans.

"Teams and franchises are going to be trying to figure out ways that they can put personnel together, the right group of guys together to be able to hopefully compete against this team", James said.

"We left everything on the floor, and it still wasn't enough".

Steph Curry scored 34 points with 10 assists, while draining 12 of 15 from the free-throw line.

When the game became two-on-two, Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue observed, his team had little chance.

It wasn't always smooth, but Durant and Curry figured out how to work as teammates. "And they waited until late to do it".

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.

Durant looked like he might get his third early in the second when he hit James on the head as the Cavs leader drove for two but the call never came and Durant avoided what would have been a seat on the bench for the remainder of the half. As they showed during the 2017 NBA Playoffs, they're still on a completely different level when compared to all of the other teams in the Eastern Conference, so they should make a return to the Finals in 2018. "We were able to get them a year ago, and they went out and got one of the best players that this league has ever seen. It was phenomenal to be a part of". James became the first player in National Basketball Association history to average a triple-double for an entire Finals.

Durant, who lost in his only previous Finals appearance in 2012, led the way for the Warriors with 39 points and was relieved after feeling pressure to deliver prior to the game.

"I'm happy for him", Curry said.

Not many were happy with Kevin Durant's decision to join Golden State Warriors previous year. They won their games by an average margin of 13.5 points, second only to the 1970-71 Milwaukee Bucks, a year in which the eventual champion only needed to win 12 games to complete a title run. And that's all you can ask.

No unbeaten champion's playoff run in Major League Baseball has gone beyond seven wins and none in the National Hockey League went past eight wins.

Following the victory Monday night, warriors' fans danced in the streets in downtown Oakland and wildly honked their horns in San Francisco.

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