Durant joins Jordan and Shaq for a slice of NBA Finals history

Virginia Carter
June 19, 2017

If Stephen Curry demands every penny of the five-year, $205 million extension he's eligible to receive this offseason from Golden State, the Warriors are prepared to fork it over.

Durant's decision to join the Warriors from the Oklahoma City Thunder ahead of the season was met with acrimony from fans and pundits alike.

- Kevin Durant became just the sixth player to score 30+ points in every game in a NBA Finals series, after Elgin Baylor, Ricky Barry, Michael Jordan, Hakeem Olajuwon and Shaquille O'Neal (twice).

Monday's game on ABC was the most-watched Game 5 in NBA Finals history since 1998, registering a 16.0 metered market rating.

He's been to seven straight NBA Finals, having won three of them with two different teams - Miami and Cleveland.

Stanley Cup Not That Simple
On the ensuing face-off, Filip Forsberg scored from the opposite goal line, almost 200 feet away, making it 4-1 and game over. Pekka Rinne's struggles in Pittsburgh have his Nashville Predators on the brink of elimination.

- The Warriors averaged 119.3 points per game throughout the playoffs.

"There's no doubt in my mind that [Kerr] will return as the coach of this team", Warriors GM Bob Myers confirmed to ESPN, following their title-winning defeat of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

- Golden State made 216 three-pointers in the postseason, the sixth-most in National Basketball Association history.

Stephen Curry added 34 points, 10 assists and six rebounds as Golden State closed out its second title in three years after squandering a 3-1 lead a year ago.

Even LeBron James - a superstar player who's still a human - concedes the Warriors are built to last.

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