The most-watched NBA Finals since 1998 wrapped on a high note.
Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant hoists the Larry O'Brien Trophy after defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers in game five of the 2017 NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. ABC is expected to win the night.
That all spells trouble for the rest of the league, who saw the Warriors capture a title in 2015, win a record-setting 73 games the next regular season before Durant moved to the Bay Area and the team became a juggernaut. Paul George would fit the bill, as he helped IN put up the best showing against the Cleveland Cavaliers IN the playoffs leading up to the NBA Finals by averaging 28 points along with 8.8 rebounds, 7.3 assists, and 1.8 steals.
Durant - drafted as second-overall pick by the Seattle SuperSonics in 2007 - was an easy choice for the Finals MVP.
Beating Cleveland two out of three in the first rivalry to be featured in three consecutive finals didn't hurt the sense of drama the Warriors aroused all season.
"I love it, I love the group, I love coaching them every day, and this is what I want to do for a long time".
LeBron James was remarkable in defeat, however. He's the first player ever to achieve that. He dramatically drove and dunked on Cleveland's defense, knocked down big 3-pointers and blocked shots while handling the load of defending King James.
Curry had Durant to complement his game this time, to take some pressure off.
These are the first Finals where four players averaged scoring 25 points per game. Assuming Durant and Curry re-up, the Warriors are heavy favorites to repeat in 2018. Head coach Steve Kerr and Stephen Curry have been critical of President Trump in the past. Warriors assistant and former Cavs coach Mike Brown filled in during his absence.