Warriors fans celebrate National Basketball Association title with rowdy street party

Lynette Rowe
June 13, 2017

That's what the Cavaliers must do after falling to the Warriors in the final for the second time in three seasons, having rallied from 3-1 down previous year to win the crown when James led the series in points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks - another unprecedented feat.

LeBron had a game-high 41 points, plus 13 rebounds and eight assists He averaged a triple-double for the series and carried the Cavaliers for long stretches.

Unlike Game 4, when the Cavs exploded for an NBA Finals record 86 points in the first half and led by 16, the Warriors were in control.

Durant led the Warriors to their 2nd title in the last three years with his MVP performance. But the embarrassment of riches that came with Durant's arrival, in the end, was simply too much to bear. James went to four-straight NBA Finals in Miami before leading the Cavs to three Finals in a row.

"We learned from everything we've been through", Curry said. After an extended review of the confrontation, officials Danny Crawford and Ed Malloy assessed technical fouls to Thompson and Smith as well and did not give West a second technical, which would have resulted in an ejection. Golden State went 11-0 during that stretch before Kerr returned for Game 2 of the NBA Finals.

The Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers have met in the finals for the past three years.

Durant and Curry were always right in the middle, yet they stayed loose and focused by building their own relationship - not to mention shooting skills - through regular shooting contests that were oh so close.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Le Bron James center shoots against Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant during the second half of Game 5 of basketball's NBA Finals in Oakland Calif. Monday

The plight of the team's backup-center position seemed to sum up the season's worth of disappointment quite well.

After dropping last year's title to Cleveland making the greatest comeback in NBA Finals history from a 3-1 deficit, the Warriors vowed not to stumble again.

In 1971, the Warriors moved across San Francisco Bay to Oakland, and changed their geographic name to Golden State to symbolize the entire state of California. They kept us up all night.

Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors are five minutes away from a title.

During the trophy ceremony, Kerr said, "I want to say a special thank you to Mike Brown and my whole coaching staff".

It was the same story early in Game 5, when the Cavs took advantage of six first-quarter Warriors turnovers and led 37-33 after the first quarter. There were times where we were fanning out trying to get to that three-point line [on defense], and then they would back-cut us and get a layup. He chose Curry, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson and a chance at his first championship over returning to Oklahoma City. Durant has 28 points on 9-of-13 shooting and Curry has 25 points. That means trading Love is unfortunately Cleveland's best shot at recalibration on the fly.

"We battled. But we did it". Golden State Warriors players celebrate after beating the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 5 of basketball's NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Monday, June 12, 2017.

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