"Can't get enough of this feeling so we're going to celebrate it together", Curry said.
Durant becomes the 11th player to win Finals MVP twice, joining six-time victor Michael Jordan, three-timers Magic Johnson, Shaquille O'Neal, Tim Duncan and LeBron James, and two-timers Kobe Bryant, Larry Bird, Hakeem Olajuwon, Willis Reed and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Not that Curry is thinking about any of that: He would gladly settle for a second straight victory parade.
"I came back because I felt like I had some unfinished business", James said. I just appreciate what he's done for us this season.
Still, the undersized point guard out of Davidson has defied the critics. "Every journey is a new one each season". He was even out for the entire first round of the playoffs. They're hoping he will join a team fit to take on the dynastic Warriors. He's a liability, one that the Cavs should explore getting rid of this offseason.
He wasn't a slouch in the first two games, either.
Steve Kerr has said it a few times in the playoffs: There is no way he could have survived as a player in the National Basketball Association the way it is now. James also laid out a potential blueprint for the Cavs to follow if they want to keep him. Kerr, who won five titles playing with the Jordan-era Bulls and the Duncan-era Spurs, and who led the league in three-point percentage twice, said he doesn't think he ever saw someone make a 30-foot shot in a game in his five Finals. "I'm going to be his biggest fan in there with what he's able to do. Does it?" Durant said of his winning the award over Curry.
But it was just a matter of time before the Warriors took over.
Curry, who had the awful Game 3 after a record-setting Game 2, when he nailed a Finals all-time best nine 3-pointers, left the Cavaliers crowd muttering when he ended the half with a long 3-pointer to stake the Warriors to a 61-52 lead. James did not have a field goal in the period, going 0-for-2, as Cleveland saw its nine-point halftime deficit balloon to as many as 21. "He's a very special player". "Let him rest a little bit".
So this series is just about finished, or at least, that's what the history books say. He's phenomenal. I'm in awe of his ability to shoot the ball and what he's been able to do, his leadership, the example he's setting for all the young kids and what he's been able to do in the game. "You just knew that they wouldn't beat themselves".
Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob expects to sign coach Steve Kerr to a contract extension this summer. The Warriors haven't been at their absolute best in this series but they proved they can still win even if Curry shoots one of 10 from the three-point line. Golden State is now 63-19 in the playoffs over the last four years.
Durant said at the time the leadup to his decision was the most challenging few weeks of his career but after the success he has enjoyed over the last two seasons he is not about to second guess his move.
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