The Warriors, who beat Cleveland in the 2015 Finals only to lose to them previous year after squandering a 3-1 series lead, went a record-setting 16-1 in the playoffs, their only loss coming in Game Four of the best-of-seven championship.
He averaged 33.6 points, 12.0 rebounds and 10.0 assists-the first triple double average in NBA Finals history-but the Cavs dropped the best-of-seven series 4-1 to Golden State with a 129-120 loss Monday.
Durant said the Rihanna dustup - Durant appeared to stare her down after he hit a late three-pointer in Game 1 - was a personal highlight during the Finals.
LeBron James had a stellar Finals average of 41 points 13 rebounds and eight assists, and Kyrie Irving - the Cavs' All-Star playmaker and one of the architects of last year's championship - contributed 26 points and six assists.
They may have to be because another reality faces James - the Warriors, who have beaten him and his Cavs twice in 3 years, are a dynasty in the making and as presently constituted they may have ended his National Basketball Association reign Monday night.
It also created lofty expectations for Durant, with many onlookers saying his move would be a failure if the Warriors did not go on to win a title in their first season together. Green had 10 points and 12 rebounds, and Thompson had 11 points. "I can't lie", Curry said, joined by his wife, Ayesha, mother Sonya and two daughters, Riley and Ryan.
"You can't turn the basketball over, you can't take bad shots because you don't have floor balance", coach Tyronn Lue said.
After answering one final question following an extended stay at the podium, the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player (MVP) felt like he might have said more than he should.
"Yeah, I hear all the narratives throughout the season that I was joining, I was hopping on bandwagons, I was letting everybody else do the work", Durant said.
Four of Cleveland's five starters reached in double figures, led by small forward LeBron James. "I'm confident we'll have him back". The Warriors have three, trailing the San Francisco 49ers (five) and Oakland Athletics (four).
"We're obviously just getting started", Curry said.
But it turns out Durant did have something to say about the Grammy-winning superstar, who is an unabashed fan of LeBron James and during Game 1 of the NBA Finals yelled "brick" when Durant was at the free throw line. And 'Bron's been in this league for a while now, and he's seen every which way from on the court, to off the court, to dealing with some of you guys, to dealing with the whole world of just choosing a side. I'd rather be a part of something that could leave a legacy. "That was more important to me than anything".
The referees are always going to give the benefit of the doubt to the more aggressive team. The man was simply unstoppable, scoring a team-high 39 points Monday night. However, he has played in a remarkable seven straight championships. Instead, he talked to reporters about how he was feeling about losing to the Warriors just one year after beating them in the Finals.
Iguodala wasn't the MVP this year - that had to be Durant, who was dominant - but once again, when Kerr needed the last kick, he turned to Iguodala.
"I couldn't sleep for two days".