Messi, Neymar and Barcelona congratulate NBA champions Warriors

Golden once again

Golden once again

His 3-5 record means that he's the only MVP to ever have a losing record in the NBA Finals, and it's the first thing "haters" use when they attempt to discredit his stellar resume, especially when it's measured against Michael Jordan's flawless 6-0 Finals record.

On Monday night, before an exultant crowd at Oracle Arena, where gold confetti fluttered from the ceiling at the final buzzer, the Warriors put the last dab of polish on a gilded season by surging to their second championship in three years with a 129-120 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game Five of the National Basketball Association finals.

James said following today's 129-120 loss to the Warriors that he'd get away from the game for a bit.

The Cavs narrowed the gap slightly in the third, with LeBron James hitting a game-high 41 points, but defensive breakdowns by Cleveland led to easy baskets late in the game for the Warriors as they sealed victory at the Oracle Arena in Oakland.

What made them great: Just missed following through on Malone's "Fo', fo', fo'" vow while delivering Erving's long-awaited first National Basketball Association championship. In last year's championship series the Cavs roared back from a 3-1 deficit to spoil the Warriors' record-setting 73-win season.

But few will have foreseen just how dominant Durant has become, particularly in a postseason campaign that saw the Warriors narrowly miss out on becoming the first team to go unbeaten throughout the playoffs.

And in the final eight-plus minutes, he clinched his MVP playing on the floor as part of the so-called Hamptons 5.

"I just wanted to come in there and just be me". West shoved Irving to pick up a technical foul, then went chest-to-chest with Tristan Thompson. "But we prevailed, we're champions and it's wonderful doing it on our home floor".

"This is history. We're going down as one of the best teams ever, and that's a special thing you can not take away from us", reserve Andre Iguodala said. "This is something that we want to continue to do, but for us to have these conversations that we had nearly a year ago and now being in this position, worth every shot we took in practice, fighting through injuries that he had this year, and it's an unbelievable feeling".

Shortly after, KD came to the microphone to discuss what had just happened with the Warriors placing their name in the history books, winning two championships in three years.

"I couldn't sleep for two days", Durant said. "It's just making the most of the opportunity that was in front of us". If he's not in your top 10 all time, you're doing it wrong. "I'm like, 'Bro, we're about to win the title'".

But this year, he calmly accepted his fate - his Cavaliers losing, 4-1, to a supercharged Warriors team that spent most of the postseason looking unbeatable.

Later, he was straightforward and serious: "We were heartbroken last year, but this year was our turn".

"From when I played against him in 2012 to now. experience is the best teacher in life, and it also helps when you're able to experience things with this team".

Kevin Durant was criticised by many for joining an already-stacked Golden State Warriors team last July but it is hard to question the move after watching how seamlessly he fit in with the NBA's latest champions. An unbelievable feeling for him, an unbelievable feeling for me and an unbelievable feeling for the team. "Steph definitely took a back seat to start the season until he realized we didn't need him to take a back seat".

Coach Steve Kerr cried. "And it's fantastic to see a superstar who sacrifices, who doesn't care about nothing but the group". He was incredible all season long.

As their series against the Cavaliers wore on, the Warriors found themselves fending off more than just the Cavaliers. (Wow, I just felt like Magic Johnson's Twitter account writing that.) But in truth, every NBA Finals has its own winners and losers, beyond just one team hoisting the Larry O'Brien trophy, and the other going home to sulk as the runner-up.

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