The current Golden State Warriors team was designed to win NBA championships and on Monday was successful as the Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 129-120 in Game 5 of the NBA Finals to win the best of seven series 4-1 and earn the team’s second NBA championships in the past three years.
Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry and Company, under the tutelage of head coach Steve Kerr and staff, took home the NBA title and are already considered the betting favorites for next year’s NBA Finals.
Golden State proved it could beat LeBron James at his best, avenge a nightmare against the Cavaliers last season and enter in the conversation as one of this generation’s best NBA teams.
This might also just be the beginning. This is Golden State’s third NBA championship in its franchise history, but the second in the last three years having gone 2-1 in NBA Finals the past three years against Cleveland.
Now Golden State holds the regular season wins mark of 73 and a new postseason record of 16-1.
The Warriors lost to Cleveland in the Finals last season and immediately went after then free agent Durant. A private meeting at a rented home in New York helped convince Durant to become a member of the team.
His controversial move to Golden State was closely followed all season and finally Durant and his Golden State teammates finally ended any doubts with an NBA title on Monday night.
Durant played brilliantly during the NBA Finals and was justly rewarded as the MVP for the Finals. He scored 30 or more points in each of the five games, and ended deciding Game 5 with 39 points, 7 boards and 5 assists.
Kerr said Durant’s career has been amazing, but during the Finals he took it to another level.
With only one minute remaining on the clock in Game 5 and victory already at hand, Durant allowed himself to be overwhelmed by the moment. As the game played on he bent over, put his hands to his knees and looked at the court.
Durant was able to forge a strong connection with Curry from the start this season as neither gave out a scent of ego playing between them and it was topped off by the play of that duo that led to their NBA Title.
The biggest question now is will the Warriors repeat and just how many titles can they win with a nucleus built around Durant, Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.