They may have blown a 3-1 lead last year, but the Warriors followed up their Game 4 loss with a huge victory and have now won their second title in three years.
He'll get a championship ring after he scored 39 points - 11 of them in the fourth quarter, in the Warriors' 129-120 victory over the Cavaliers. The Cavaliers led the Warriors, 37-33 at the end of one quarter.
Durant ripped out the hearts of Oklahoma City Thunder fans previous year by leaving for the Warriors, which many considered the easiest route to an National Basketball Association title.
Clutch shooting from outside the perimeter as well as sharp offensive rebounds were the Warriors strongholds on a night that the Cavs gained just seven points from their bench.
But coach Steve Kerr, who only returned to the team in time for game two of the finals after a period of medical leave to deal with complications arising from back surgery, joked afterwards: "We have very little talent actually, it's mostly coaching!"
Durant was 14 of 20 from the floor in the home win and added seven rebounds and five assists, finishing the series with a five-game average of 35.2 points, 8.4 rebounds and 5.4 assists.
But he said: "It's a team sport". Look, you can argue that he went championship-chasing by leaving Oklahoma City and going to Golden State. "To play with these guys is fantastic".
Smith: No, it's the NBA Finals.
"This is history. We're going down as one of the best teams ever, and that's a special thing you can not take away from us", reserve Andre Iguodala said. "They're assembled as good as you can assemble, and I played against some really, really good teams that was assembled perfectly, and they're right up there".
One of the fans watching the players go through their pregame routines was Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
"I'm happy for him".
Durant hit two deep 3s and Andre Iguodala threw down a soaring, one-handed dunk that sparked an increasingly nervous Oracle Arena crowd. The playoffs arrived; Curry injured himself in the first round and came back not himself; the Warriors had to overcome a 3-1 deficit to beat the Thunder to get to the Finals; they appeared on their way to a repeat, and you know the rest.
On his own team's efforts, he added: "We got to the post-season as a 2-seed and we were able to punch our clock and reach the finals, that's what you want as a ball-club". It marked the team's second title win in three years. His individual numbers may have decreased, but that was all worth it for the chance to finally get a chance at a title.
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.
What made them great: A team that was on a vengeance all season after losing in the playoffs in 1995 when Jordan returned from baseball, they became the first team to win 70 games.
The Cavaliers' 49 points in the first quarter of game four were a record for a single quarter in any finals game.