Say what you want about Kevin Durant's decision to leave Oklahoma City for Oakland.
It all worked out in the end.
With a red-hot shooting stroke that didn't falter under continuous pressure of the Cavs, Durant won his first title and willed the Warriors to their second NBA Championship in three years as they dispatched the Cavs in Game 5 of the NBA Finals to win the series 4-1.
For his effort, KD was named MVP.
The Warriors beat the Cavs two years ago in the Finals in similarly convincing fashion. After blowing a 3-1 series lead last year, they weren't going to let the Cavs celebrate again.
It wasn't for a lack of effort from LeBron James though.
LeBron James became the first player to average a triple-double in #NBAFinals 33.6p-12.0r-10.0a but well hear how he's 3-5 in Finals instead— Daryl Ruiter (@RuiterWrongFAN) June 13, 2017
Durant was the main catalyst of the Warriors latest title run, making big shots throughout the series. In Game 5, he was equally an assassin, draining several crucial shots as the Cavs pulled closer after falling behind big early.
Love or hate his decision, Kevin Durant seized the opportunity and played efficiently all series. Give him credit. #NBAFinals— Chris Manning 2K18 (@LD2K) June 13, 2017
There will of course be people who try and minimize his accomplishments, but his play did all the talking needed to silence the haters.
Durant remains one of the best players in the game, and this solidified his spot among the greats of all time.
LeBron James' last 12 elimination games:— Josh Eberley (@JoshEberley) June 13, 2017
For the Cavs, it was a disastrous second quarter that ultimately did them in during this game. They fell behind by double digits, and while J.R. Smith's heroics nearly kept them in the game, and LeBron's usual strong play willed them to within striking distance early in the fourth, they ultimately succumb to a better team with a deeper bench.
Cavaliers bench is 1-7 for 2 pts— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 13, 2017
The Warriors bench has 22 points.
While the Warriors super team won this title as a unit, losing only one game in the playoffs, this was Durant's crowning moment. He was a regular-season MVP before this, but a Finals MVP means more to a player of his stature's legacy.
LeBron has em and now Durant does too.