Kevin Durant leaving Oracle with his Finals MVP trophy just now. Quite the scene pic.twitter.com/ja8Mtyaxiu
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) June 13, 2017
Five years after falling to LeBron James in the NBA Finals with the Thunder, Kevin Durant can finally bask in the glory of his first championship as the unanimous MVP in the Warriors’ five-game series victory over the Cavaliers.
But after popping champagne with his teammates in the locker room, Durant wasn’t quite ready to put a cap on the night.
A video posted to Twitter by San Jose Mercury News reporter Anthony Slater showed Durant being escorted out of the Oracle Arena parking lot while fans eagerly blocked the exit.
Durant quickly got out the car with the Bill Russell Finals MVP trophy in hand, triggering the crowd to erupt in cheers and gather around the star before breaking into chants of “MVP! MVP!”
After the brief encounter, a fired-up Durant got back in the car and rode off into the night.
Durant finished Game 5 with 39 points, seven rebounds and five assists, closing out the Finals with game averages of 35.2 points, 8.4 boards and 5.4 helpers. He became just the sixth player in NBA history to score 30 or more points in each game of a championship series.
Durant can get used to the audience participation, as he’ll be hoisting the trophy again and hearing more MVP chants when the Warriors ride through Oakland in their upcoming parade.