Let’s sum up KD’s performance in Game 5? — He. Didn’t. Miss. And, he’s your official MVP of the 2017 NBA Finals! With 39 points, he led the Golden State Warriors to win their 5th NBA championship in franchise history! Get the exciting details about the post-game!
When you have five straight 30-point games in the NBA Finals, then your name is Kevin Durant and you ARE 2017’s Finals MVP. The performance that Durant, 28, put on at home in Game 5 was electrifying! And, rightfully so, he was crowned with this year’s highest honor. Durant’s incredible Game 5 show [aka the game the Dubs would take the gold], left him with a career-high 39 points (14-of-20 shooting), seven rebounds and five assists.
“It feels good to see it come full circle,” Durant said before he celebrated with his loved ones. He and his mother, Wanda, who couldn’t stop crying, had a sweet embrace on the court [watch below]. She grabbed him by the face and told him how much she believed in him! When he took the podium to accept the Bill Russell NBA MVP Award, Durant looked at his mother and said, “We did it. I told you when I was 8-years-old. We did it.” Awe!
Then, he moved on to talk about Steph Curry, 29, and the rest of his teammates. “They’re [his teammates] a great group of guys, great community, great arena, great fans,” he said. “I’m just so happy to be a part of it and I can’t wait to celebrate with my teammates in the locker room.”
The Golden State Warriors went 16 and 1 in the post season. Now they’ve earned their second title in three years, and their fifth in franchise history. They closed out the series in Game 5 with a final score of 129-120 over the Cavs. At one point, the Dubs were actually down. But, they quickly turned it around, sparking a hot streak right before the half!
While the Dubs outperformed the Cavs in Game 5, Cleveland did give them a run for their money. There was no other matchup on the court like Durant and LeBron James, 28. At times, it was almost like they were the only ones on the court, just doing one-on-one drills.
Durant reflected on going head-to-head with James in his post-game interview. His complimentary and respectful response about playing James showed why he’s a class act. “He’s [James] the only person that I was looking at since 2012. He’s the one guy that can look at me eye to eye,” Durant explained. “[After the game] I told him, ‘We tied up now, but we have to do this again. But, for tonight, I’m going to enjoy this one.'”
When the Dubs won the NBA championship in 2015, it was their first title in 40 years. Now, like we said, they’ve earned two titles in three years. And, we have to say, Golden State’s post-season story has been like a page out of a movie. The Warriors were the team slated for redemption after losing on their home court to the Cavs in 2016. Then, Steve Kerr‘s health issues kept him out of the coaching chair for a significant portion of the playoffs. However, they overcame adversity and were hungry to take the gold back home. Congrats to the Golden State Warriors — your 2017 NBA champions!
HollywoodLifers, who do you think should have been named MVP?