Warriors Take Home Best Team, Kevin Durant Wins Best Championship Performance at 2017 ESPY Awards

Warriors forward Kevin Durant was honored with an ESPY Award for “Best Championship Performance” at the 2017 ESPY Awards ceremony in Los Angeles tonight for his role in helping the Warriors defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers, 4-1, in the 2017 NBA Finals. Durant earned NBA Finals MVP honors with averages of 35.2 points, 8.2 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.60 blocks and 1.00 steal during the Finals, scoring at least 30 points in all five games. Fans determined the winners in each category by voting online beginning in late June, when the nominations were announced, until the start of this evening’s ceremony, which was broadcast on ABC.

Durant, who previously won ESPYs for Best NBA Player and Best Male Athlete in 2014 and Best Male College Athlete in 2007, helped lead the Warriors to an NBA postseason record for winning percentage with a 16-1 (.941) mark in the postseason that included an NBA playoff-record 15-straight wins. Following four-game sweeps over the Portland Trail Blazers, Utah Jazz and San Antonio Spurs, the Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers, 4-1, in the 2017 NBA Finals.

Also nominated for “Best Championship” were New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, Clemson University quarterback DeShaun Watson and Oklahoma University softball standout Shay Knighten.

The 2017 NBA Champion Golden State Warriors were honored with an ESPY Award for “Best Team” at the 2017 ESPY Awards ceremony in Los Angeles tonight, following the club’s second NBA championship in three seasons. Fans determined the winners in each category by voting online beginning in late June, when the nominations were announced, until the start of this evening’s ceremony, which was broadcast on ABC.

The Warriors posted an NBA-best record of 67-15 (.817) during the regular season, becoming the first team in NBA history to win at least 67 games in three-straight seasons (67, 73, 67), before setting an NBA postseason record for winning percentage with a 16-1 (.941) mark in the postseason that included a playoff-record 15-straight wins. Following four-game sweeps over the Portland Trail Blazers, Utah Jazz and San Antonio Spurs, the Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers, 4-1, in the 2017 NBA Finals to earn the fifth title in franchise history.

Also nominated for “Best Team” were the Chicago Cubs, New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Penguins, Clemson Tigers college football team, South Carolina Gamecocks women’s basketball team, and the United States Women’s Gymnastics team.

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