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Kevin Durant says Warriors 'work extremely well together,' but aren't a superteam

Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson from left guard Stephen Curry and forward Kevin Durant celebrate after Game 5 of basketball’s NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Oakland Calif. Monday Kevin Durant says Warriors 'work extremely well together,' but aren't a superteam
Kristopher Love | 20 June, 2017, 03:20

"So, this is the culmination of a year where they grew together and learned each other's games and got better and better all year, and it was just phenomenal to be part of".

"It's a special team, a special group", Durant said.

In last year's NBA Finals, the Warriors took a 3-1 lead heading into Game 5, the same as it had this year, but Curry's team didn't manage to wrap up the series.

The Golden State Warriors are NBA champions once again, and this time it's thanks largely to the newest addition to their starting five, Kevin Durant, who was awarded the NBA Finals MVP award for his play in the series. But there were really two MVPs. In history it's happened three times: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Magic Johnson with the Lakers; and Julius Erving and Moses Malone with Philadelphia. The Warriors lured him to Golden State last summer with promises of creating an everlasting dynasty, and there's no real reason to believe they won't.

The Warriors enjoying their championship win, June 12.

Durant was named the Most Valuable Player of the NBA Finals on Monday after claiming an elusive NBA championship over the Cleveland Cavaliers. Bill Russell had a stellar 11-1 record in the championship series as a member of the Celtics Dynasty in the 1960s. The Warriors finished 31-2 in their last 33 games. Kyrie and Lebron both had spectacular games but the newest National Basketball Association "super-team" prevailed.

But assembling great players has never been a guarantee of instant success as too many star players can sometimes create issues with how the ball should get distributed.

"Experience is the best teacher in life, and he's just experiencing and experiencing and experiencing", said James. Notably, Barry himself averaged the highest-ever in a Finals (40.8 points in 1967). LeBron is now third in all-time Finals scoring.

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

Coach Steve Kerr cried. Assistant Coach Mike Brown, who twice was sacked by Cleveland, did a remarkable job in his absence.

The Warriors secured a 129-120 victory on Monday to take their second title in three seasons and cap a near-perfect run through the play-offs.