Cavaliers' LeBron James first to average triple-double in Finals

James played averaged a triple-double during the NBA Finals, but it was not enough to prevent the Cavaliers from losing in five games to the Warriors following Monday's 129-120 loss in Oakland.

"There's no such thing as a failed season when you put in as much work as we've done", James said. The reigning NBA Coach of the Year returned for Game 2 of the Finals following a six-week absence from the bench.

After dropping last year's title to Cleveland making the greatest comeback in NBA Finals history from a 3-1 deficit, the Warriors vowed not to stumble again.

"They're going to be around for a while", Cavaliers forward LeBron James said after suffering his second Finals defeat in three years to a Warriors team that went 16-1 in the playoffs.

Golden State answered with a game-turning 27-4 run, slam dunks by Andre Iguodala and Draymond Green and three Durant 3-pointers spicing the spurt that produced a 60-45 Warriors lead.

He averaged 29.7 points, 11.3 rebounds and 8.9 assists in the Cavs seven-game series win over the Warriors in 2016, finishing it with three of the greatest games of his career in succession. Durant and the Dubs won the Finals 4-1, and KD took home Finals MVP honors after battling head-to-head with LeBron all series long. Golden State in 2015, the Cavaliers past year, the Warriors again this time.

Speaking on ESPN and BT Sport, he added: "I've got the best job in the world, these guys are so gifted, so committed to each other and so unselfish. I just wanted to lay it all out there", Durant told ABC's Doris Burke in a postgame interview.

Others who may also get a ring include Anderson Varejao (who was cut in February), Jose Calderon (who never had the chance to play with Golden State because they cut him to make room for Matt Barnes) and former Cavs coach Mike Brown. "To play with these guys is awesome".

- Stephen Curry averaged 4.2 three-pointers per playoff game, the fifth-most in National Basketball Association history among players who played at least four games in that year's playoffs.

It was the second time he and Durant had met in a finals series, following 2012 when James and the Miami Heat beat Durant's Oklahoma City Thunder 4-1.

“I cant believe it, but I have to, ” Durant said recently of where he is after a decade. "I'm confident we'll have him back". "I know I'm a very important role model in his life and a really strong voice in his ear and he needed to hear me say it".

Not only did he claim his maiden National Basketball Association championship, but Durant was named Finals MVP following a string of displays that left Stephen Curry and LeBron James in his shadow. "LeBron was the only person I've looked at that could look me eye to eye".

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