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Durant, Warriors help ABS-CBN win ratings battle for Tuesday

15 Juin 2017

Five years ago, Durant was playing his first National Basketball Association finals, and he didn't manage to win the ring with Oklahoma.

Before the start of the 2017 NBA Finals, the Westgate SuperBook tipped Warriors as a minus-160 favourite to win next year's championship.

The 28-year-old Durant was the unanimous choice of the 11 media panelists for Finals Most Valuable Player (MVP).

The Warriors' one loss in that span, of course, was their blown 3-1 series lead in the 2016 NBA Finals.

KD was relentless on both sides of the court, playing a menacing defence and igniting the league's best offence.

Knowing Durant had to be careful, LeBron James drove to the rim and threw down a vicious dunk over the Warriors star that gave the Cavaliers a 41-33 lead with less than two minutes gone in the second quarter.

"Everybody for the last 10 years knew how good he was but until you break through and win that first championship there's still something there".

Game 5 between the Warriors and the Cavaliers garnered a nationwide television viewing average of 22 percent - the most of any morning show. Unless another Eastern Conference team makes at least one more major addition, Cleveland will be the heavy favorite to reach the Finals, which James has done in each of the last seven seasons. "You've got to call Kevin Durant a champ now".

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This is obviously all speculation, but there's one accomplishment others can't take away from the Warriors. "I work hard, I believe in myself, I believe in the game, I respect the game, I love the game, and I knew at some point in my life that it will come around for me".

Durant tipped his hat to Cleveland, especially guard Kyrie Irving and forward LeBron James. He was almost flawless in Game 5, scoring 39 points on 14-of-20 shooting with seven rebounds and five assists. He has in effect taken the reigns from Kevin Durant as the most accomplished, still-got-game talent in the National Basketball Association without an National Basketball Association title to list of accomplishments.

"They're all right. They would all kill us", Kerr said to reporters Friday in advance of Game 4 of the NBA Finals.

But that idea fizzled fast when the Warriors opened with a pair of lopsided wins at home, fought back late to steal the next game in Cleveland and then, after dropping their first game of the postseason, closed out the series at home.

Golden State Warriors fans cheer as they watch Game 5 of the NBA Championships at Era Bar and Lounge in Oakland.

We are going to mention just a part of Durant's speech at the MVP Reception, which refers to his mother.

"We don't need or want to be talked about", Danny Green once said. I have no reason to look back at what I could have done or what I shouldn't have done or what I could have done better for the team.

"We were able to get them previous year, and they went out and got one of the best players that this league has ever seen", James said.