Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant (left) celebrates with teammate Stephen Curry after GSW’s 129-120 win over Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 5 of the NBA Finals at the ORACLE Arena on Monday. Pic/AFP
Kevin Durant came to Golden State looking for a championship and found a band of brothers who, as it turned out, were exactly what he needed to finally capture that long-sought title. After his decision to leave Oklahoma City for the Warriors, Durant's dream came true on Monday when Golden State beat Cleveland 129-120 to win the best-of-seven NBA Finals four games to one.
"To have teammates that encourage you, that lift you up, that's what we all need in life," he said. "It was amazing to just see that all year, and right now just to be here with these guys, it's amazing." Durant was named NBA Finals Most Valuable Player after averaging 35.2 points and 8.4 rebounds a game, and he became the first player since Shaquille O'Neal in 2000 to make 30 or more points in five finals games.
"Just the camaraderie, the togetherness, that's what it was about. I kept building on that from day one," Durant said. "So a championship is just a cherry on top," he added.
Warriors guard Stephen Curry said, "You've got to call Kevin Durant a champion now. I'm just so happy for him to be able to realise his goal and be my teammate."
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