Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant

Durant's 176 points in the Finals were the second-most ever in an NBA Finals series lasting five games.

The Warriors team is one of the best squads of all time, winning 73 games previous year, and having both of the last two NBA MVPs.

The Warriors were back in form Monday, with Durant scoring a Finals career-high 39 points, seven rebounds and five assists.

"I have no reason to put my head down", James said.

"I knew it was going to be a battle I just tried to challenge him. you can't stop the guy".

I'm "in the bag" for Kevin Love as we used to say on my old radio show.

With a 129-120 loss to the Golden State Warriors in Monday's Game 5, the Cleveland Cavaliers' season is over. The All-Star forward shot 14-for-20 from the field, including 5-for-8 from 3-point range in helping Golden State close out its third title since the franchise moved from Philadelphia in 1962.

Durant also played a big part in limiting LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

James toiled hard with 41 points and 13 rebounds but was denied his fourth National Basketball Association championship ring, while teammate Kyrie Irving scored 26 points. 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.

The 2017 NBA Finals served as a rubber match of sorts between the teams. When David West and Tristan Thompson squared off, with J.R. Smith entering the mix, Green peeled off Smith - and nothing came of that potentially volatile pairing.

He wanted nerves before Game 5, and the kind of focus that would help the Warriors avoid last year's catastrophe. It's the first championship won by a Bay Area team in their home arena, since the 1974 Oakland Athletics won the World Series.

They would build a double-digit lead and somehow LeBron James and Kyrie Irving would get Cleveland back within five or six. 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. Asked before the game if his team would approach the game as if it had "nothing to lose", Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue responded, "We do have something to lose: a championship".

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