James spectacular again, but his efforts not enough for Cavs

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He was a unanimous choice among the panel of 11 voters. "We learned from everything we've been through", Warriors point guard Stephen Curry said during the trophy celebration.

If we all hold each other we might get through it together.

The Golden State Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers to regain the NBA Championship with a 4-1 series win. But Durant is reportedly willing to take less than the max to re-sign with the Warriors. He was determined "to be myself".

Then they got Durant, who after the buzzer sounded did a little shake with Curry on the court before they slapped hands several times. That was Durant's first Finals.

At his postgame media conference, James was asked if he felt happy for his friend winning his first National Basketball Association championship. He said he's not happy Kevin Durant won his first championship, but added it's something no one can take away from you. "But at the end of the day from when I played him in the 2012 Finals to now, like I said, experience is the best teacher in life, and he's just experiencing and experiencing and experiencing". Did you know the Warriors signed Kevin Durant? The second overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft was regular season MVP in 2014.

Durant finished his first NBA Finals since he was a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder by scoring 30 or more points in every game.

"You learn from your mistakes".

The league continues to try to use the leverage of the collective bargaining agreement - salary caps and incentives - to get superstar players such as Durant to stay with their teams.

"Emotions are all over the place right now", James said.

"We were able to get them previous year and they went out and got one of the best players this league has ever seen", Cavaliers star LeBron James said. He was incredible throughout the entirety of the series, but his game-high 41 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists wasn't enough to send the series back to Cleveland for Game 6.

His crucial game three-winning "dagger" shot on the road in Cleveland had put the Warriors on the brink of the title with a 3-0 lead. But the Cavs had cut into that chasm in Game 3 and 4, when some of Golden State's old habits had come back to haunt them.

When the Warriors added Durant, some felt there could be a clash of egos with trouble adjusting. "He's had an fantastic career, but he just took it to the next level", said Warriors head coach Steve Kerr. Wanda said (via USA Today's For The Win).

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