The Golden State Warriors had been here before: game five, up 3-1 against the Cleveland Cavaliers and losing. In fact, it looked for a moment like they were going to fall apart. It was deja vu all over again for the Warriors who gave up their 3-1 lead to lose the NBA Finals last year. But this time, the Warriors rallied. For the second time in the last three years, the Warriors became NBA Champions defeating the force of nature that is LeBron James.
LeBron was a man on fire last night, keeping his team in the lead for much of the first half. Early in the second half, he posterized Kevin Durant bringing the crowd to their feet and seemingly laying to rest any rumors that he was not the greatest active NBA player.
That hopefulness, the feeling that the underdog can and will rise, was short lived. A mere two minutes later, Andre Igoudala stormed past LeBron with a vicious sky-high dunk.
The image of LeBron watching as a Golden State Warrior soared past him to the bucket encapsulated the rest of the game. The Warriors were unstoppable and all LeBron could do was watch.
The Warriors held on to win 129-120 with the series MVP trophy going to Kevin Durant.
I have no doubt that LeBron is the best player in the game right now and one of the best all time. But no team can win on the talent of one star. In the NBA era of the super-team, you need a constellation.