Golden State Warriors beat Cleveland Cavaliers to bag their fifth National Basketball Association crown

Golden State Warriors beat Cleveland Cavaliers to bag their fifth National Basketball Association crown

Durant capped his spectacular first season with the Warriors by bringing home an National Basketball Association championship, scoring 39 points in a Finals-clinching 129-120 victory over LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 5 on Monday night.

Durant was once again the best player on the floor for the Warriors on Monday, hitting some timely 3-pointers en route to a team-high 39 points.

The Warriors were shaky early, trailed through the entire first quarter and well into the second and had that look of a team going "Oh, no, not again". Instead of the series being 2-1 for the Warriors, it was 3-0. They led at the half by 11.

And while Draymond Green (10 points) and Klay Thompson only combined for 21 points, they were more than covered by Andre Iguodala.

OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 12: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts during Game 5 of the 2017 NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors at ORACLE Arena on June 12, 2017 in Oakland, California.

This is the third straight year the Warriors and Cavs faced off in the Finals.

Following the victory Monday night, warriors' fans danced in the streets in downtown Oakland and wildly honked their horns in San Francisco.

That's what the Cavaliers must do after falling to the Warriors in the final for the second time in three seasons, having rallied from 3-1 down a year ago to win the crown when James led the series in points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks-another unprecedented feat.

"I don't believe I've played for a super team. He's had an incredible career, but he just took it to the next level", coach Steve Kerr said. They had gone 73-9 without him.

Defeat in game four was Golden State's only loss of the play-off campaign as they strolled to the title with a 16-1 post-season win-loss record.

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This year, they'd have to become the first team in National Basketball Association history to win the Finals after being 3-0 down. The Warriors , however, return to their own territory knowing one more win will see them claim a second title in three years.

That would be his mom, Wanda Durant, who he proclaimed was the "real MVP" immediately after winning the award of regular season MVP in 2014.

Durant was the Finals MVP, topping 30 points every game and averaging 35.2 points, but he knows considerable credit goes to Curry for the pressure he puts on opposing defenses.

"I told him, 'When you play with force, I've never seen a player like you, '" Durant said of Curry. "You can talk about whatever happens on the outside, but inside those lines, I come to bring it every day".

The only real drama in the Warriors' path to a championship this season was Kerr's health. But he just spent the NBA Finals playing that way. But in the end, James fell short.

None of that was an issue for the Warriors as Durant has been called an unselfish player whose only desire was to do whatever is in the best interests of his team.

The four-time league MVP is now in the latter stages of his career after 14 National Basketball Association seasons - and questions are mounting over his future.

"Oh, my gosh, more than that", he said. So there's going to be a lot of teams that's trying to figure out ways to put personnel together to try and match that if they're able to actually face them in a playoff series, both Eastern Conference and Western Conference.

And it may stay that way for several seasons to come. Did Durant take the path of least resistance to his first title?

But as many have pointed out, it's not working. But that Heat team wasn't as good, or as talented, as this Warriors team.

"We learned from everything we've been through", Warriors point guard Stephen Curry said during the trophy celebration.