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The Cavs denied that opportunity on Friday in a surprising blowout over the Warriors.

Q: You mentioned Game 3 getting away from you.

All of that noise surrounded Durant's 2016-17 NBA season, and in a brilliant five-game performance in the 2017 NBA Finals, the superstar forward silenced all of it. This year, they were tears of joy. "I thought we brought a physicality to the game".

Don't think of a pink elephant. "I've been waiting a whole year to smoke this, so I'm going to enjoy every last bit of this".

It's damn near impossible to guard a team with Curry, Durant, Thompson and Green on the floor. But the Cavs refused to die. "And they're obviously great three-point shooters". Did you know the Warriors signed Kevin Durant? This is why the Warriors preach "Strength in Numbers".

But when the Warriors finished their second championship in three years on Monday night at Oracle Arena, downing the Cavs 129-120 in Game 5 and thus avoiding all the rising pressure that would have come with another loss, this National Basketball Association truth was cemented in a way that isn't changing anytime soon: Golden State isn't going away.

"It's a team sport you know, and you want to achieve the highest honour in a team sport which is winning the championship and to do it with these guys is incredible and in front of these fans, man", Durant said after being awarded the MVP.

Seven technical fouls, one flagrant foul, stars LeBron James and Kevin Durant jawing at each other and several other dustups. To be back here, bring ol' Larry back home, I'm just excited to do something special. When the Warriors needed a big bucket, they turned to him, not the two-time MVP Stephen Curry. After the Thunder lost to the LeBron James-led Miami Heat in the 2012 NBA Finals, Durant found his mother in the locker room after the final game and the two shared a tear-filled hug.

Durant: "Well, I mean, before then, I was on teams that, we weren't contenders".

Durant stopped that surge with a three-pointer, but when James scored the first basket of the fourth quarter, the Warriors found themselves clinging to a precarious 98-95 lead. He was swept with the Cavs in 2007 by one of the Spurs dynasty teams.

Sure, the Warriors missed becoming the first undefeated champion, but 16-1 still gave Golden State the best winning percentage of any title team at.941. For all five games, he was the main reason the games stayed at all close. I'd get wide open 3s, I could just run up and down the court, get wide open layups. He didn't join a great team. Though it's debatable if he's as good as he was when he was with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Love has proven that he can be a top-three player on a championship team. They gave everything they had.

And will continue to do so.

And Monday, there was help everywhere.

Golden State's bench outscored Cleveland's bench 35 to seven. James above all would not let them and nearly inexplicably, the Cavs were within five points, 98-93, entering the fourth quarter.

Q: What happened in the second quarter? It was an unmitigated disaster, though Cleveland went on to win anyway and avoid elimination. And Curry, after years of being underpaid, will be eligible of a max contract worth approximately $205 million over five years. The response, in a word, is heartening.

The Warriors led the Cavs 71-60 at halftime. Pachulia then delivered two swipes to Shumpert's groin area, leading to technical fouls on both players.

The physicality really amped up in Game 4 and it continued Monday, along with nastiness. He followed that up with 33-point, 15-rebound showing in Game 2, and his personal 7-0 run rescued the Warriors late in Game 3.