Warriors take 2nd National Basketball Association title in 3 years

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Durant, an eight-time All-Star who only needed a ring to cement his superstar status, scored 39 points in a championship-clinching 129-120 victory and averaged 35.2 points and 8.4 rebounds in these Finals.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - In a tightly called Game 5 of the NBA Finals, it was a no-call involving Kevin Durant that helped the Golden State Warriors pull away from the Cleveland Cavaliers.

As for Durant, he was awarded the Finals MVP, a year after leaving Oklahoma City to join an already flush Warriors squad.

Then he moved across the podium and hugged Stephen Curry before accepting his shiny MVP trophy and hoisting it for everyone to see. "Our perspective, being blessed to play on this stage three years in a row, it's for these fans, for our organization, for these families". I'm just excited to do something special. "We battled and I told him we're tied up now and we'll try to do this thing again".

Durant capped his spectacular first season with the Warriors by bringing home that coveted National Basketball Association championship he joined Golden State last July so determined to get, scoring 39 points in a fast-and-furious, Finals-clinching 129-120 victory over LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 5 on Monday night. Kerr's team set an National Basketball Association record for regular-season wins with 73 last season and returned to the Finals, but lost to Cleveland in seven games.

Warriors beat Cavaliers in Game 5, win NBA title
He also had 13 rebounds and eight assists , giving him a triple-double average for the finals, an unprecedented feat. The Cavaliers' 49 points in the first quarter of game four were a record for a single quarter in any finals game.

James, who also became the first player to average a triple-double in NBA Finals history, was also the most-talked about player during the series on Facebook.

James' dunk gave the Cavaliers all of the momentum.

"I left everything on the floor every game", James said after averaging a triple-double in his eighth Finals.

But, Facebook says the most "Wow'd" post was James' outta nowhere self alley-oop off the backboard in Game 4.

James seemed to be at peace with the fate of this Cavs team since their narrow Game 3 loss to the Warriors last week, which put them in an unrecoverable 0-3 hole in the best-of-seven series.

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But coach Steve Kerr, who only returned to the team in time for game two of the finals after a period of medical leave to deal with complications arising from back surgery, joked afterwards: "We have very little talent actually, it's mostly coaching!"

Golden State responded with a 10-3 run, Durant scoring five as the Warriors stretched their margin back to 108-98.

That's when tensions and emotions bubbled over after a heated rebound battle, leading to a face-to-face confrontation between Golden State's David West and Cleveland's Tristan Thompson.

Irving and James turned back-to-back steals into impressive tone-setting layups as part of a 16-3 Cleveland run for an 20-12 edge, James hitting 4-of-5 for 10 points at the start.

It was the third year in succession the two teams had met in the finals.

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