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Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry lead Warriors to NBA title

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) As a fresh NBA champions cap sat a tad off-kilter on his head, Kevin Durant embraced mother Wanda. Then he moved across the podium and hugged Stephen Curry before accepting his shiny MVP trophy, holding out his arms and hoisting it for everyone to see.

From the Bay all the way to OKC.

Durant capped his spectacular first season with the Warriors by bringing home that coveted NBA 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.

''You can talk about whatever you want to talk about, but nobody comes in and cares about the game or loves the game as much as I do or works as hard as do I at the basketball game. You can talk about whatever happens on the outside, but inside those lines, I come to bring it every day,'' Durant said. ''I work hard, I believe in myself, I believe in the game, I respect the game, I love the game, and I knew at some point in my life that it will come around for me.''

Stephen Curry added 34 points, 10 assists and six rebounds as Golden State closed out its second title in three years after squandering a 3-1 lead a year ago. That stung ever since, and even Durant understood, because he gave up the same lead to the Warriors a round earlier with Oklahoma City.

James, who in 2012 with Miami beat the Thunder in Durant's only other Finals, wound up with 41 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists.

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

Kyrie Irving followed up his 40-point gem in Game 4 with 26 points but shot 9 for 22.

This time, King James gave way to KD, who was the NBA Finals MVP 10 years after being picked second in the NBA draft behind Greg Oden.

Durant drove left, right and down the middle, knocked down 3-pointers, dished and dunked. He hit a 17-foot fadeaway over James early in the fourth quarter, then assisted on a 3-pointer by Andre Iguodala the next time down as the Warriors pulled away.

Iguodala, the 2015 Finals MVP, came up big again with his 2017 postseason-best 20 points off the bench in a testy, tightly called finale to this trilogy Finals that everyone had stamped on the calendar from the moment Durant departed Oklahoma City to join Curry and Co. last July.

The Warriors won in 2015 before the Cavs made their historic comeback last year. Then it was Golden State's time again, with Durant as the prized addition.

Sure, the Warriors missed becoming the first undefeated champion, but 16-1 still gave Golden State the best winning percentage of any title team at .941.

Durant shot 14 for 20 and Curry - the two-time reigning MVP who took a backseat as the new big star got acclimated - finished off a brilliant postseason. Not to mention a healthy one after his 2016 injuries.

Green stayed on the court in a game that featured three technicals on one play 3:08 before halftime. David West fought for the ball with Irving, then they got tangled up and Tristan Thompson entered the fray and he and West went at each other face-to-face. West, Thompson and J.R. Smith received techs after a replay review.

Green had sat out this very game a year ago, suspended because of flagrant foul point accumulation after he swiped at James' groin in Game 4. He had 10 points, 12 rebounds and five assists in the clincher.

''I had a letdown last year,'' Green said. ''If KD was the consolation prize to lose, thanks for that loss, and we're champs this year.''

With a much-improved bench led by Iguodala, JaVale McGee, Shaun Livingston and West, that ''Strength In Numbers'' slogan that has become such a staple the past two seasons shined all season long, from Durant's 19-game absence late in the regular season with a left knee injury to assistant coach Mike Brown stepping in for 11 postseason games to lead the way while Steve Kerr was ailing.

Golden State used a 28-4 second-quarter run to take charge - just after it appeared Durant should have been called for a third foul on a basket by James - and got to celebrate right at home in Oakland surrounded by a deafening home crowd waving yellow rally towels and holding up phones to shoot video and photos as the final minute of the clock ticked away.

The Warriors became the first Bay Area team to capture a championship at home since the A's finished the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 5 of the 1974 World Series.

A year ago, these Warriors fell short after a record-setting season that included a 24-0 start and 73 victories at the end to break the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls' wins mark.

Then they got Durant, who after the buzzer sounded did a little shake with Curry on the court before they slapped hands several times.

Two playful superstars who found a way to coexist through all the questions and constant scrutiny, together and smiling as champions.

''I'm happy for him,'' Curry said. ''You've got to call Kevin Durant a champ now.''

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Key Players
L. James
23 SF
K. Durant
35 SF
33.7 Min. Per Game 33.7
25.8 Pts. Per Game 25.8
4.5 Ast. Per Game 4.5
8.4 Reb. Per Game 8.4
54.0 Field Goal % 54.6
47.6 Three Point % 52.8
68.3 Free Throw % 87.0
+ 3 J.R. Smith made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by LeBron James 0:14
  Defensive rebound by Tristan Thompson 0:19
  Stephen Curry missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:21
+ 2 LeBron James made driving layup 0:36
+ 3 Stephen Curry made 3-pt. jump shot 0:42
  Defensive rebound by Draymond Green 1:01
  Kyrie Irving missed jump shot 1:03
  Defensive rebound by LeBron James 1:03
  Kevin Durant missed 3-pt. jump shot, blocked by LeBron James 1:03
  Lost ball turnover on Kyrie Irving 1:31
  Defensive rebound by Tristan Thompson 1:37
Team Stats
Points 120 129
Field Goals 47-88 (53.4%) 46-90 (51.1%)
3-Pointers 11-24 (45.8%) 14-38 (36.8%)
Free Throws 15-23 (65.2%) 23-28 (82.1%)
Total Rebounds 45 53
Offensive 12 13
Defensive 28 29
Team 5 11
Assists 22 27
Steals 6 8
Blocks 5 2
Turnovers 14 13
Fouls 22 24
Technicals 3 2
away team logo
L. James SF 23
41 PTS, 13 REB, 8 AST
home team logo
S. Curry PG 30
34 PTS, 6 REB, 10 AST
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away team logo2 Cavaliers 1-4 37233327120
home team logo1 Warriors 4-133382731129
Team Stats
away team logoCavaliers 1-4 116.2 PPG 42.2 RPG 22.1 APG
home team logoWarriors 4-1 119.3 PPG 45.8 RPG 28.2 APG
Key Players
L. James SF 32.8 PPG 9.1 RPG 7.8 APG 56.5 FG%
K. Durant SF 28.5 PPG 7.9 RPG 4.3 APG 55.6 FG%
Top Scorers
L. James SF 41 PTS 13 REB 8 AST
K. Durant SF 39 PTS 7 REB 5 AST
53.4 FG% 51.1
45.8 3PT FG% 36.8
65.2 FT% 82.1
Cavaliers
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. James 46 41 13 8 2 1 3 3 19/30 2/5 1/4 2 11 70 -13
K. Irving 41 26 2 6 2 0 4 3 9/22 1/2 7/7 1 1 38 +4
J. Smith 40 25 3 1 0 2 0 2 9/11 7/8 0/1 0 3 32 -2
T. Thompson 29 15 8 3 1 1 3 1 6/8 0/0 3/4 4 4 28 -7
K. Love 29 6 10 2 0 1 0 2 2/8 0/3 2/5 3 7 21 -23
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. James 46 41 13 8 2 1 3 3 19/30 2/5 1/4 2 11 70 -13
K. Irving 41 26 2 6 2 0 4 3 9/22 1/2 7/7 1 1 38 +4
J. Smith 40 25 3 1 0 2 0 2 9/11 7/8 0/1 0 3 32 -2
T. Thompson 29 15 8 3 1 1 3 1 6/8 0/0 3/4 4 4 28 -7
K. Love 29 6 10 2 0 1 0 2 2/8 0/3 2/5 3 7 21 -23
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
R. Jefferson 17 4 2 0 0 0 1 4 1/3 0/1 2/2 2 0 5 +3
K. Korver 17 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 1/3 1/2 0/0 0 0 3 0
I. Shumpert 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 0 -1 -9
De. Williams 12 0 2 2 1 0 2 1 0/2 0/2 0/0 0 2 5 +2
De. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Felder - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Tavares - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Jones - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Jones - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Frye - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 120 40 22 6 5 14 22 47/88 11/24 15/23 12 28 201 -45
Warriors
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Durant 40 39 7 5 1 0 4 3 14/20 5/8 6/6 1 6 53 +18
S. Curry 40 34 6 10 3 0 4 3 10/20 2/9 12/15 2 4 59 +3
K. Thompson 34 11 5 2 1 1 0 4 4/13 3/7 0/0 1 4 22 -6
D. Green 43 10 12 5 2 0 0 4 3/10 2/5 2/4 3 9 34 +19
Z. Pachulia 9 0 3 1 0 0 2 4 0/1 0/0 0/0 3 0 3 -9
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Durant 40 39 7 5 1 0 4 3 14/20 5/8 6/6 1 6 53 +18
S. Curry 40 34 6 10 3 0 4 3 10/20 2/9 12/15 2 4 59 +3
K. Thompson 34 11 5 2 1 1 0 4 4/13 3/7 0/0 1 4 22 -6
D. Green 43 10 12 5 2 0 0 4 3/10 2/5 2/4 3 9 34 +19
Z. Pachulia 9 0 3 1 0 0 2 4 0/1 0/0 0/0 3 0 3 -9
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Iguodala 38 20 3 3 0 0 1 1 9/14 2/7 0/0 1 2 28 +18
P. McCaw 11 6 3 1 1 0 1 2 2/5 0/2 2/2 2 1 11 -3
S. Livingston 10 5 0 0 0 0 0 2 2/3 0/0 1/1 0 0 5 -6
D. West 10 4 3 0 0 1 1 1 2/4 0/0 0/0 0 3 7 +16
M. Barnes 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 -5
J. McGee - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Clark - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Jones - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. McAdoo - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Looney - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 129 42 27 8 2 13 24 46/90 14/38 23/28 13 29 222 +45