Durant's non-foul looms large in Warriors' game-deciding run

Ruben Hill
June 13, 2017

Durant became the first player with five consecutive 30-point performances in the NBA Finals since Shaquille O'Neal in 2000 and was named the Most Valuable Player of the series. No team had ever done that in the NBA Finals before.

Durant drove left, right and down the middle, knocked down three-pointers, dished and dunked in Game 5 of the best-of-seven series.

LeBron James scored 41 points and Kyrie Irving added 26 for the Cavs, who had won four straight potential elimination games against the Warriors before running out of gas in Game 5.

Kevin Durant and Steph Curry have been superb for Golden State in Game 5 of the NBA Finals.

Just like in Game 4, the Cavaliers shot twice as many free throws as the Warriors in the first quarter.

The Warriors came back strong in a combative second quarter.

After Durant was awarded the Finals MVP award, Burke asked why it was important to him. James' 41 points were not enough.

The Cavaliers clawed back into the game in the third period.

J.R. Smith hit another 3-pointer and LeBron James scored on a hard putback to help Cleveland cut a deficit that was 17 in the second quarter to eight, 86-77, with five minutes to play in the third quarter.

"Getting that first championship was for me like having my first son". In addition to the starters, Golden State's bench players were outstanding. Cleveland's subs have scored just two points. The second quarter ended with the Warriors leading the Cavaliers, 71-60. The Warriors won 129-120 to win the National Basketball Association championship.

Golden State outscored Cleveland 38-23 in the period on Monday night.

Serving as the Warriors second title in three years, reports surfaced the other day that some of the players are willing to take a pay cut in order to keep the team together.

The Warriors responded with a 28-4 run for a lead they never gave up after that. David West fought for the ball with Irving, then they got tangled up and Tristan Thompson entered the fray and he and West went at each other face-to-face. West, Thompson and J.R. Smith received technical fouls after a replay review.

Kevin Love is scoreless for the Cavs, who have turned it over 11 times. The reigning NBA Coach of the Year returned for Game 2 of the Finals following a six-week absence from the bench.

Stephen Curry was outstanding for the Warriors, scoring 20 points in the half.

Kyle Korver's 3-pointer pulled the Cavaliers within 108-102 but dunks by Durant and Andre Iguodala boosted Golden State's lead to 112-102 and the Warriors kept Cleveland at bay, a Durant driving layup stretching Golden State's edge to 118-106 with five minutes remaining.

Then they got Durant, who after the buzzer sounded did a little shake with Curry on the court before they slapped hands several times.

Burke asked how it was to play against James at this stage again, and Durant referenced the 2012 Finals when he was with the Thunder and LeBron was with the Heat. James drew a charge at one point.

Tight whistle in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. The Warriors and Kevin Durant were both well familiar with what it meant to blow a 3-1 lead, and on Monday night showed just how serious they were about never letting it happen again.

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