Then the league's best team tightened the screws on Cleveland in the third quarter, outscoring the Cavs 25-13 and prompting Golden State fans to begin those drawn-out "War-eee-orrss" chants that provide a ideal musical accompaniment to their 3-point barrages.
They battled complacency, overlapping injuries to all their star players and a seven-game series against top-seeded Houston in the Western Conference Finals. Though it sweeter to celebrate the championship in ORACLE Arena, the Warriors have to close out the series tonight. Having taken place on a Friday night, ratings themselves weren't necessarily going to match up with games that are played during the week or on Sundays.
Asked whether he had played his last game with the Cavaliers, he said: "I have no idea at this point". All around them were Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala and a succession of Warriors who ran around and harassed Cleveland's shooters enough to make life hard.
The Warriors showed once again they are more valuable due to their depth. I've got a teenage boy, a pre-teen and a little girl that wasn't around as well. "Pretty much played the last three games with a broken hand, so that's what it is".
"When you have a goal, I think any individual, anybody, male, female, whatever the case may be, when you have a goal and you seek that goal out and you dream about that dream, and you put everything, and you care to - you guys like this brace, huh (laughing)?"
Over the course of the sweep, Durant averaged 28.8 points, 10.8 rebounds, 7.5 assists, 0.8 steals and 2.3 blocks, shooting 52.9 percent from the field, 40.9 percent from behind the arc and 96.3 percent from the free throw line.
Cleveland star LeBron James could join National Basketball Association scoring champion James Harden and Chris Paul in Houston or unite with young talent in Philadelphia to better challenge the Warriors. And that's the reason why I came here - an unselfish environment where they just care about the game. "They fully make Kevin Love available".
Moreover, Durant tallied one steal and three blocks on the defensive end.
When it was all over Friday night, there was both an arrogance and a humility to Durant - both understandable.
Kerr paid tribute to what James achieved in dragging a team that was reconstituted at the February trade deadline to the Finals for the fourth straight season, but he concluded that the bottom line was "we had more talent than they did and talent wins in this league". "I know the veterans are going to come back and do exactly what they need to do".
James must tell the Cleveland Cavaliers if he wants to leave the team during the final year of his contract before midnight on June 29.
James reportedly will meet this summer with Philadelphia, the Los Angeles Lakers, Houston, Boston, Miami and even the Warriors.
The men from the Bay Area have had no answer for the four-time MVP and although they managed to sweep his Cavs team this year, Kerr still recognises his dominance on the floor. "He's on the past year of a deal, so they don't want to take on money".