Six best moments from Warriors’ win over Cavs

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The Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant threw down a huge dunk in transition and Tyron Lue remembered Kevin Durant is a Warrior.

Kevin Durant was fabulous in the Warriors’ Christmas Day loss. He threw down an amazing dunk over Kevin Love. He attacked the rim at will and proved that Cleveland didn’t really have an answer for him.

Durant struggled down the stretch and a Richard Jefferson foul that went uncalled didn’t allow him to get a last shot off. He was masterful and it was clear that, moving forward, he was going to be a problem for LeBron James and the Cavaliers.

The Warriors’ superstar made sure that the Warriors’ remain energized in this one. He didn’t allow them to take their foot off the gas. On an emotional night, he made sure the crowd and the team were engaged as Golden State started to build a big lead.

In the second quarter, in which Golden State scored 41 points, Durant threw down a huge dunk in transition that had everyone going crazy.

He received a crosscourt pass from Draymond Green on the fast break. He took one dribble at the three-point line and sliced through the two Cleveland defenders. He stepped past Iman Shumpert and rose up too high and too fast for Kyrie Irving.

It was an amazing display of his athleticism. He’s seven feet tall and can move as quickly as a guard. It’s mesmerizing.

What makes this play even better is the camera cut to Cleveland head coach Tyronn Lue right after. He just has a blank stare towards the court. It’s almost as if reality hit him: that’s Kevin freakin’ Durant out there in a Warriors uniform.

Perhaps Lue realized that unless two years’ worth of misfortune strikes the Warriors in the middle of the NBA Finals again, he probably can’t beat them four teams in a best-of-seven series. Or maybe, he has Allen Iverson PTSD flashbacks from time to time.