Durant wins second straight Finals MVP award


CLEVELAND — Kevin Durant was named the 2018 NBA Finals MVP on Friday night after the Golden State Warriors finished off a sweep of the Cleveland Cavaliers with a 108-85 blowout win.

The 6-foot-11 small forward captured the award for the second consecutive year as the Warriors won their third championship in four years.

Durant averaged 28.7 points, 10.7 rebounds and 7.5 assists per game in the series. He secured his first playoff triple-double of 20 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in Friday night’s Game 4.

In Game 3, a pivotal swing game, Durant exploded for 43 points, including a deep dagger 3-pointer late in the contest to seal the victory.

Stephen Curry, who was in the running for the award, registered a game-high 37 points and knocked down seven 3-pointers in Game 4. He splashed in 22 triples in the series.

The NBA told ESPN’s Rachel Nichols the vote for Finals MVP was 7-4 for Durant over Curry.

Durant, LeBron James (2016) and Andre Iguodala (2015) are the three receipts of the honor in the past four years.

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