With a 129-120 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 5, the Golden State Warriors complete the gentleman’s sweep and take home their second NBA championship in the last three seasons.

 

This victory marks a dominant year for the Warriors, who with the addition of Kevin Durant, were the clear odds-on favorites to do exactly what they did Monday night.

 

This victory most notably marks the first NBA title for Durant, who came to Golden State just for this specific night and moment. As he mentioned in the multiple post game pressers that he had to participate in, this was something that he had imagined and even told his mom he would set out to do since he was 8 years old. Despite all of the hardships through his childhood, and even recently with his huge and controversial decision to join Golden State, Durant had two things that keep him motivated: his mom and a championship ring. With this Finals win, he not only satisfied both of those motivations, but he also, for the moment, silenced the critics who said that he couldn’t perform in the big games.

 

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At this point, there’s nothing he can to reverse the opinions of those who felt that his decisions to leave was cowardly, but with his play, he at least made you fully respect his talent and the fact that he is solidified as a top 2 player in this league.

 

In saying that, it’s obvious that he was going to come away with the Finals MVP award. He averaged 35 points per game in the series and was dominant nearly every time he touched the ball. In addition, he was clutch with his shining moment coming in Game 3 on the road. With his team down one, Durant pulled up for a deep three as he stared into the face of LeBron James and essentially put the nail in the coffin for Cleveland in the series.

 

Despite this being Durant’s time to shine, the rest of the team produced along side of him and aided in this 4-1 series win.

 

Two-time MVP Steph Curry also had an outstanding series, nearly matching LeBron as the only players in Finals history to average a triple double throughout the series. Due to KD’s brilliance, Curry quietly averaged 30 points, 9 rebounds, and 9 assists and finally had the finals series that people had been expected the past two years.

 

Durant, Curry and the rest of the team benefited off of their fluid, sometimes almost care-free system of basketball in which everyone gets a touch and nobody cares who scores and who doesn’t.

 

This is why a role player like Andre Iguodala, who can seemingly go unnoticed throughout most of the series, score 20 points in the close out game. This is also why players like Draymond Green and Klay Thompson, all stars in their own right, can score 8 and 11 points respectively in the same closeout game and be perfectly fine, because their effect the game in more ways than just scoring.

 

In the end, the culture that the Warriors have created are the reason that they got KD, the reason why they are champions for the second time in three years and ultimately the reason why they are the heaviest favorites to win the championship next year.

 

They have truly set the standard for years to come as to how to build a team and execute a plan to be all time great.

 

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