Golden State Warriors Get The Best Of The NBA's First Finals Trilogy

But everything changed in the final three minutes of Game 3.

Golden State, who beat Cleveland in the 2015 finals only to lose to them previous year after squandering a 3-1 series lead, set a record in this season's playoffs by losing just one of their 16 games, their only loss coming in Game 4 of the finals.

Golden State winning this championship became a near foregone conclusion to many when the league salary cap spike allowed the 73-win squad to add Kevin Durant last summer.

"The Bible both pumps me up and balances me to play my best", the 6'9' forward said.

The Warriors finished their playoff run with a near-flawless 15-1 record, having swept through the first three rounds before clinching the Finals in five games. "You can talk about whatever happens on the outside, but inside those lines, I come to bring it every day", Durant said Monday night.

Speaking on ESPN and BT Sport, he added: "I've got the best job in the world, these guys are so gifted, so committed to each other and so unselfish".

"That's of course something we wouldn't want", Silver said.

Durant averaged 35 points, eight rebounds and five assists per game, but the impressive part is he did it shooting 56 percent from the field.

But he said: "It's a team sport. To play with these guys is wonderful". But a no-call on a clear foul by Durant on a James' dunk in the second quarter Monday also provided a pivotal point, one that ultimately doomed the Cavs' chances of extending the series another game. It was an emphatic ending to the high-pressure season Durant chose for himself after moving to the Warriors from the Oklahoma City Thunder in July.

"We did it", Durant said. "So for us to be able to do it in front of our home crowd, something I'll remember for a very long time". "I've got nothing but love and respect for him and I can't wait to compete against him again next season". "You can get lost in the daily routines and the hype of what we do on the floor and forget why we're here". "If we continue to be with one another and keep utilizing one another, man, the sky's the limit". We'll work something out.

The Golden State Warriors brought Kevin Durant to the Bay Area last summer for the express goal of winning an National Basketball Association title and erasing the memory of last year's collapse against Cleveland in the finals.

With last night's win, Durant finally won the National Basketball Association championship that eluded him for almost a decade.

An unprecedented third straight NBA Finals clash between the Warriors and Cavaliers was hyped as the ultimate championship rubber match and was expected to be the antidote for a post-season that had little in the way of drama. But he was only 2 of 9 on 3-pointers.

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