Now, he is standing atop the basketball world for the second time after winning yet another NBA Championship and Finals MVP award, each are his second in as many seasons. Durant and the Warriors completed the series sweep of the Cleveland Cavaliers after winning on the road 108-85. A true dynasty has begun with Golden State cruising to its third NBA title in four seasons, joining only the Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, and Chicago Bulls as the four franchises to ever do so.
Hate it or love it, Durant’s decision to depart from Oklahoma City and join the Warriors continues to pay dividends for his legacy. He left for the glory and has achieved the glory while doing so in impressive fashion, notching his first career triple-double in a Finals game to close out the series. The Longhorn legend is just the sixth player in NBA history to win back-to-back Finals MVP awards.
Durant has put up some special numbers the past two NBA Finals against LeBron James and the Cavaliers to validate his most valuable player honors.
2016-17: 35.2 PPG / 8.2 RPG / 5.4 APG / 1.0 STL / 1.6 BLK / 55.6 FG% / 47.4 3P% / 92.7 FT%
2017-18: 28.8 PPG / 10.8 RPG / 7.5 APG / 1.8 STL / 1.5 BLK / 52.6 FG% / 40.9 3P% / 96.3 FT%
In Game 3 of the series, Durant had one of the best performances in NBA Finals history. On a night in which the splash brothers, Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, combined for 7-of-27 from the field, the games most lethal scorer put up 43 points on 15-of-23 shooting. This included a 6-for-9 clip from beyond the arc, with four of those threes coming from at least 30-feet. He also finished with 13 rebounds and seven assists. The Warriors decided to go to Durant in the clutch and he delivered with a cold-blooded three to put the them up by six with 50 seconds to go.
The other former Longhorn Tristan Thompson averaged 6.8 points per game and 5.3 rebounds per game on the series.
Nike released its latest commercial for Kevin Durant after the game.