MANILA, Philippines – Kevin Durant’s road to redemption ended with an NBA Finals MVP trophy in his arm.
With his emotional mother watching nearby, Durant raised the trophy after leading the Golden State Warriors to a 129-120 Game 5 victory, dethroning last year’s champions Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday, June 12 (Tuesday in Manila).
Durant, playing his 10th year in the league, put up 39 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, and one steal in Game 5, as the Warriors closed out the Cavs at home to become NBA champions once again.
Durant normed 35.2 points, 8 rebounds, and 5.4 assists through the series, with his lowest-scoring ballgame coming in Game 3 with 31 points. Durant salvaged that Game 3 victory for Golden State with the clutch go-ahead triple late in the contest.
The 28-year-old Durant, who joined Golden State last year in free agency, won the Finals MVP honor along with his first NBA title. This was Durant’s first trip back to the Finals since 2012 with the Oklahoma City Thunder, when he lost to LeBron James and his Miami Heat.
Durant absorbed much criticism for his move to Oakland but appeared to have found his stride amid the team philosophy and free ball movement of the Warriors.
“We did it,” he told his mom at the podium. – Rappler.com