But Durant was quick to congratulate last year’s champions. “I have no reason to put my head down”.
Who was the better team? You can talk about whatever happens on the outside, but inside those lines, I come to bring it every day.
Cleveland’s hot shooting countered a Warriors surge, and the Cavs ended the first period with consecutive baskets on their last two offensive trips.
Irving, who led the Cavs in scoring in both Games 3 and 4 had 26 through three quarters but did not score in the fourth.
“I couldn’t sleep for two days”, Durant said. “They did a great job, their front office and their players, by doing that recruiting, the things that they did in the summertime, and obviously it paid dividends”. He averaged 35.2 points, 8.4 rebounds and 5.4 assists in the Finals, with a 55.6 field goal percentage.
James scored 41 points to lead Cleveland. “But that guy is way over”.
“You have to tip your hat to Cleveland“, he said. Durant appeared to commit his third foul on the play, but the officials let it go and the game quickly turned.
Perhaps the biggest surprise of the half was the fact that Kevin Love did not score at all.
“For me personally, I left everything on the floor every game, all five games”, James said.
And they will get a ring for it. “It’s tough to get back and get matched, especially with their speed”. Thompson and West went at each other face to face. Lue did not call a timeout in the first half during a Warriors run that turned an eight-point deficit into a 15-point lead.
Warriors point guard Stephen Curry said the experience of losing last year’s Finals served them well this season.
“It’s just a great group of guys, great community, great arena, great fans”, Durant said.
“We were really good tonight”.
There is no such thing as a failed season, according to LeBron James after defending champions the Cleveland Cavaliers lost their National Basketball Association crown to the Golden State Warriors.
Led by LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, the Cavaliers looked to find the extra gear they’d been missing in the opening three matches, threatening to exploit mental ghosts that accompanied a Warriors 3-1 finals lead from the 2015/16 season. His signature moment, however, may have come in the closing minutes of Game 3 in Cleveland when he scored seven straight points in an 11-0 Warrior run that stole the game and probably stole the series. He proved all his critics wrong on Tuesday as he was declared the Most Valuable Player of the NBA Finals after his team beat Cleveland Cavaliers in the fifth game to clinch the championship.