Warriors join Bulls, Lakers, Celtics on list of NBA's greats

Durant was named MVP of The Finals. "I left everything I had out on the floor every single game for five games in this Finals, and you come up short".

Even though the Cleveland Cavaliers dropped the NBA Finals 4-1 to a Golden State Warriors team that averaged a staggering 121.6 points per game in the championship round, Cavs coach Tyronn Lue doesn't feel like his team is that far behind The Beast From The Bay.

According to Stub Hub, the cheapest seats for Monday's game are going for $700 each and the average seat is going for $1,784, as of Monday evening.

Green was determined to be there for his team in Game 5 this time around. LeBron James has 27 points, but has played 35 of the 36 minutes.

James, who in 2012 with Miami beat the Thunder in Durant's only other Finals, wound up with 41 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists.

Durant joined an already star-studded Warriors roster in the offseason after Golden State failed to close out Cleveland.

LeBron James threw down a massive dunk himself over Durant, who avoided a third personal foul despite hitting James in the head on the play.

To win his first National Basketball Association title, Durant had to overcome Cavaliers forward LeBron James, whose former Miami Heat team defeated Durant's Oklahoma City Thunder in the 2012 Finals.

After Cleveland led 37-33 through the first quarter, Golden State outscored Cleveland 38-23 in the second quarter. After an extended review of the confrontation, officials Danny Crawford and Ed Malloy assessed technical fouls to Thompson and Smith as well and did not give West a second technical, which would have resulted in an ejection. But Durant is reportedly willing to take less than the max to re-sign with the Warriors.

The second quarter started with more cold shooting by the Warriors, strong defense by the Cavs and a James slam over the outstretched arms of Durant. Stephen Curry added 34 points, 10 assists and six rebound after a sluggish Game 4 performance.

Unlike Game 4, when the Cavs exploded for an NBA Finals record 86 points in the first half and led by 16, the Warriors were in control. To be back here, bring ol' Larry back home, I'm just excited to do something special. Durant wants his first championship. "He's had an awesome career, but he just took it to the next level", coach Steve Kerr said.

But the Warriors are brimming with confidence, knowing they didn't have Kevin Durant to help them a year ago. I thought we played well, got better each game.

But unlike last year's comeback when they took advantage of Harrison Barnes' offensive struggles, Durant answered every charge during a 39-point night and Cleveland will need to find new answers if these teams meet in a fourth straight Finals next season. (Richard Jefferson) was talking junk the whole series to the media, J.R. (Smith) said some things, I'm like, man, I'm going to bash everybody. In 2016, when the Cavs won it all for the first time in their franchise's 52-year history while becoming the first team in league history to recover from a 3-1 Finals deficit, the Warriors were left pondering the what-if scenarios because of Curry's ailing left knee, Draymond Green's Game 5 suspension and Andrew Bogut's injury that cost him the final two games.