NBA Finals 2017: Watch Kevin Durant and LeBron James Embrace After Warriors Win Championship

This piece has been updated to correct LeBron James' scoring statistics from Game Five.

Kevin Durant hugged his mom in the moments after victory in Game Five of the NBA Finals brought him his first championship.

But first, Durant embraced another special someone too.

LeBron James, whose 41 points and triple-double average through the series could not hold off the Golden State Warriors' multiple offensive juggernauts, was there to greet Durant with a hand slap, a hug and a pat on the head.

Durant has attracted ire for his decision to join the Warriors, who won 73 games last year but lost a 3-1 lead in the 2016 Finals to James' Cleveland Cavaliers.

This time, James and Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving dragged the team to one dominant victory, in Game Four, while they blew an 11-point lead in Game Three. With the addition of Durant, the Warriors found enough ammunition to hold off James.

On Monday night at Oracle Arena, Durant had 39 points—the difference-maker in the Finals as teammate Draymond Green had predicted—and walked off as Finals MVP.

James—at his lowest ebb—was there to greet him, magnanimously.

Correction: This piece originally stated James achieved a triple-double in Game Five. He averaged a triple-double through the series.

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