Kevin Durant and Steph Curry lead warriors to NBA title

By Associated Press and Timothyna Duncan For

Kevin Durant capped his spectacular first season with the Warriors by bringing home that coveted NBA championship he joined Golden State last July so determined to get, scoring 39 points in a fast-and-furious, Finals-clinching 129-120 victory over LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night.

Stephen Curry added 34 points, ten assists and six rebounds as Golden State closed out its second title in three years after squandering a 3-1 lead a year ago to the Cavs to miss a repeat. That stung ever since, and even Durant understood, because he gave up the same lead to the Warriors a round earlier with Oklahoma City.

James, who in 2012 with Miami Heat beat the Thunder in Durant’s only other Finals, wound up with 41 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists. Kyrie Irving followed up his 40-point gem in Friday’s Game 4 with 26 points but shot 9 for 22.

Coveted cup: Kevin Durant led his team with 39 points. He drove left, right and down the middle - everything he could - to secure the win

This time, King James gave way to KD, who was the NBA Finals MVP 10 years after being picked second in the NBA draft behind Greg Oden.

Durant drove left, right and down the middle, knocked down 3-pointers, dished and dunked. He knocked down a 17-foot fadeaway over James early in the fourth quarter, then assisted on a 3-pointer by Andre Iguodala the next time down as the Warriors pulled away.

Iguodala, the 2015 Finals MVP, came up big again with his 2017 postseason-best 20 points off the bench and stingy defense on James in a testy, tightly called finale to this trilogy Finals that everyone had stamped on the calendar from the moment Durant departed Oklahoma City to join Curry and Co.

The Warriors won in 2015 before the Cavs made their historic comeback last year. Then it was Golden State’s time again, with Durant as the prized addition.

Brewing bromance: The Warriors won in 2015 before the Cavaliers made a momentous comeback last year

Winning: Steph Curry came in with 34 points ten assists and six rebounds

Thrill: Durant shot 14 for 20 and Curry - the two-time reigning MVP who took a backseat as the new big star was under the limelight

Will the real MVP please stand up: Durant has had a spectacular season. He became the sixth player in the 71-year history of the NBA to score 30 or more points in each game of a finals

Durant shot 14 for 20 and Curry – the two-time reigning MVP who took a backseat as the new big star got acclimated – finished off a brilliant postseason. Not to mention a healthy one after his 2016 injuries.

Draymond Green stayed on the court in a game that featured three technicals on one play 3:08 before halftime. 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 techs after a replay review.

Green had sat out this very game a year ago, suspended because of flagrant foul point accumulation after he swiped at James’ groin in Game four. He had 10 points, 12 rebounds and five assists in the clincher.

On Monday, a team source revealed that a very keen fan spent $133,000 – more than 76 times the average resale price – to hold two coveted floor seats at Game five of the finals at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.

A season ticket holder put his ticket up for resale on Ticketmaster on Sunday night and his customer paid $17,000 in fees alone.

This game also proved a must-watch by two other NBA fans, who also paid $82,000 and $90,000 to attend the game.

Celebration: The thrilled mother of Kevin Durant, Wanda, hugged  Curry after the game

Family man : Curry celebrated by holding his daughters Riley and Ryan after the scintillating win

Star power: Two other fans paid $82,000 and $90,000.  P. Diddy is pictured before the game started

Watching like it's hot: Snoop Dogg and fellow rapper E-40 are pictured at the game. Many stars including Jay-Z and Kevin Hart made it to the five-part game finals

Things get heated:  Warriors forward David West -left- is pictured arguing with Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson -right -during the second quarter of game five

Aftermath: Curry is pictured speaking at a news conference after the game

Trust fall?:  Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson ,13, dribbles as he is guarded Warriors guard Klay Thompson,11, forward Draymond Green, 23, and Durant during the second half of Game Five

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