The Cavs put up a valiant effort, but Kevin Durant's 43 points gave the Dubs a 3-0 lead that Cleveland is unlikely to overcome. Through 13 career Finals games, Durant has averaged 32.6 points per game, trailing only Rick Barry and Michael Jordan for the highest mark in National Basketball Association history.
A year on, the reigning Finals MVP produced a similar shot to end the Cavaliers' hopes of making a comeback.
This was the exclamation point in an incredible performance by the former Oklahoma City Thunder superstar where he single-handedly led the Oakland-based outfit to the win.
These numbers are every bit as impressive as the 35.2 points, 8.2 rebounds and 5.4 assists and 50/40/90 shooting splits, which earned him the NBA Finals MVP previous year. So far this Finals, Durant is averaging 31.7 points, 10.3 rebounds and 6.7 assists per game, shooting 55.9 percent from the field, 47.4 on 3-pointers and 95.2 percent from the free throw line. Even if they somehow keep the core together, three of their important players will be 33 when next season starts (Chris Paul, PJ Tucker, Trevor Ariza).
Durant is once again proving to be the difference between the two teams and is on the verge of capturing his second ring in two years with the Bay Area franchise. Klay Thompson's father commented on 95.7 The Game earlier this week that the shooting guard would like to play his whole career in Golden State, but he expects negotiations on a new contract to extend into summer.