Durant's dominant Finals cements him as number one contender for LeBron's throne

The Golden State Warriors hoisted the Larry O'Brien trophy once again after beating the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals for the second time in three years. "You call us a super team, but it's been a lot of super teams that hasn't worked", Durant said after winning his first championship on Monday.

Durant became the first player with five consecutive 30-point performances in the NBA Finals since Shaquille O'Neal in 2000. "I was anxious. I was jittery ..." The playoffs arrived; Curry injured himself in the first round and came back not himself; the Warriors had to overcome a 3-1 deficit to beat the Thunder to get to the Finals; they appeared on their way to a repeat, and you know the rest.

Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry hugs Wanda Durant, Kevin Durant's mother, after the Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 129-120 during Game 5 to win the 2017 NBA Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland.

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant gestures as he holds the Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award after Game 5 of basketball's NBA Finals between the Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Oakland, .

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Kyle Korver's 3-pointer pulled the Cavaliers within 108-102 but dunks by Durant and Andre Iguodala boosted Golden State's lead to 112-102 and the Warriors kept Cleveland at bay, a Durant driving layup stretching Golden State's edge to 118-106 with five minutes remaining. "He's put the time in and I'm just so happy for him to be able to realize his goal and be my teammate".

But that idea fizzled fast when the Warriors opened with a pair of lopsided wins at home, fought back late to steal the next game in Cleveland and then, after dropping their first game of the postseason, closed out the series at home.

Iguodala, victor of Finals MVP in 2015 for his efforts in keeping LeBron James in check, again rose to the occasion when it counted and was extremely impressive on both ends of the court in the decisive game five, showing a spring in his step belying that of a 33-year-old as he racked up 20 of the Warriors' 129 points. He also had 13 rebounds and eight assists, giving him a triple-double average for the finals, an unprecedented feat.

"I've got the best job in the world", said a teary-eyed coach Steve Kerr.

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We're having way too much fun on twitter tonight, and per our helicopter there's still ~1,500 ppl in downtown. The Durant-Curry partnership was uneven to start the season, even as the Warriors raced out to a 27-4 record.

"I couldn't sleep for two days", Durant said. "LeBron and Kyrie, I've never seen two like them before".

"The way that he embraced the opportunity in the Finals, it was unbelievable", Curry said.

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