Kevin Durant was named NBA Finals MVP as he and Steph Curry led the Golden State Warriors to a sweep of the Cleveland Cavaliers
Here are Seven Deadly Stats from the Warriors’ triumphant Finals win.
ESTABLISHING A DYNASTY
This postseason was all about elevating themselves to the status of dynasty for the Warriors. And although there were a few hiccups along the way, especially the dogfight that was the Western Conference Finals against the Houston Rockets, they got there in the end.
THE THIRD QUARTER LEGENDS
The Warriors’ third-quarter surges have become the stuff of legend. The last two games of the conference finals was proof enough – they overturned double-digit halftime deficits in the space of one quarter both times – but the last game of the Finals served as an encore, as they blew the game open with a typical third quarter.
IN ELITE COMPANY, PART I
Durant is the player who’s made the Warriors virtually unbeatable, but Curry remains the engine of the team. He averaged 27.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 6.8 assists in the Finals, scoring 37 points in the clincher to put himself in a select group of players.
IN ELITE COMPANY, PART II
Speaking of Durant, he’s in an even more select group after his performance in these Finals, winning the series’ MVP award for the second year running.
It was a close call between Durant and Curry, but the former’s Game 3 performance – 43 points and a dagger three-pointer – probably clinched it in his favour.
And on the off chance there was any room for doubt after that, Durant’s Game 4 performance sealed it. Even though Curry scored 37 points, a triple-double to close out a championship series is hard to top.
WHO’S THE GOAT?
Speaking of hard to top, LeBron James was so ridiculously good this postseason, there’s only ever been one playoff scoring run better than this. And of course that record belongs to Michael Jordan. Will the debate ever end?
CURRY’S DEFENDING HOLDS UP
James’ primary strategy on offense was to target the obvious mismatch: Curry. But the Warriors point guard did a good job of minimizing the damage – as did his teammates’ help defense whenever this matchup presented itself.
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