Warriors Fans Celebrate NBA Title With Rowdy Street Party

What made them great: With a dominant inside-outside combination of O'Neal and Bryant, the Lakers stormed to their second of three straight titles, sweeping three 50-win teams along the way in the Western Conference playoffs.

One player who is nearly assuredly leaving this summer is reserve guard Ian Clark - the Warriors would need to use a tax-payer midlevel exception to keep him, but given the emergence of Patrick McCaw, such a designation seems unlikely. David West fought for the ball with Irving, then they got tangled up and Tristan Thompson entered the fray and he and West went at each other face-to-face. Durant said afterward. "And Draymond (Green) was like, 'Keep playing to the end.' Andre (Iguodala) is like, 'Keep playing". This is my third year here, and we haven't won every game.

The win spelled redemption for the Warriors, who brought forward Kevin Durant over from the Oklahoma City Thunder last off-season to bolster their already high-powered offence.

But as many have pointed out, it's not working.

Dub Nation was practically clicking its heels Monday night: There's no place like home.

"I hear all the narratives throughout the season that I was joining, I was hopping on bandwagons, I was letting everybody else do the work", Durant said. I came in and tried to help my team, be myself. "I had a couple too many beers".

Durant was clearly the leading MVP candidate, after the go-ahead three in Game 3, the 35.2 points-per-game average. We haven't won every Finals, obviously. (No one is more qualified to speak on the importance of finishing it off than the members of the 2015-16 Golden State Warriors). "But he just wants to play basketball". Owner Dan Gilbert told Cleveland.com following Game 5 that he is happy with the direction and state of the franchise and he doesn't see the need for any major overhauls upstairs, on the bench or the floor.

Then the MVP of the 2017 NBA Finals was unfolding his impossibly long frame and leaving with the trophy.

As the final seconds began to tick off the clock in game five of the NBA Finals on Monday night, LeBron James stood under the basket and looked up, oblivious to the action going on behind him.

In the end, the Warriors didn't redeem last year's Finals disappointment with another historic regular season, nor did they have a ideal postseason record.

The way the Warriors have assembled their roster, in hitting on draft picks in two-time MVP Curry, Thompson and likely Defensive Player of the Year Green, while adding free agents on team-friendly deals, put the Warriors in position to be able to launch an ultimately successful pursuit of Durant.

Going into the game, the Warriors were listed in most sportsbooks as 9- or 9.5-point favorites, meaning that in order for Warriors bettors to cash in on their ticket, the Warriors had to win by ten or more points.

After the game, Durant was quoted to be saying by Reuters, "I couldn't sleep for two days. That's cool for me to talk about it on Instagram or Twitter", Durant said. "This is my eighth trip to the Finals, and I've had some pretty good ones in my day". Just a proud moment, something you'll never forget.

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