OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 12: Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors celebrates after being named Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player after defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers 129-120 in Game 5 to win the 2017 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 12, 2017 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Durant leads Golden State to NBA title

Kevin Durant divided opinion during last season’s free agency period when he decided to leave Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder for a new home in Golden State, but not too many people can say it wasn’t a great move for Durant.

Especially not now, anyway.

The 28-year-old scored 39 points in the Warriors’ 129-120 Game 5 win over Cleveland, which saw Golden State win the series 4-1 and claim their second championship in three years.

Durant scored over 30 points in each of the five NBA Finals matches, which saw him crowned as the NBA Finals MVP.

Steph Curry chipped in with 34 points, 10 assists and six rebounds, while 2015 Finals MVP Andre Iguodala added a 2017 playoff-high 20 points.

“I just had to trust in it, we were really good tonight,” Durant said after the win.

“We prevailed, we are champions and it was amazing to do it on our own floor.”

Durant had kind words to say about opponent and Cavs superstar LeBron James, after he became the first person to average a triple-double (33.6-10-10) in the NBA Finals.

“Since 2012 he is the only one I have ever looked at,” Durant said of James after the game.

“I knew it was gonna be a battle. We battled and I told him we’re tied up now.

“I’m gonna celebrate tonight.”

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