The Golden State Warriors are the first Bay Area team to clinch a championship in their own arena since the Oakland A’s 43 years ago.
The Warriors have defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 129-120 in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, clinching their second title in three years and their fifth in team history.
This was the first time in NBA history the same two teams met in the NBA Finals for a third straight time. The Warriors won the title in 2015 in six games, while the Cavaliers dramatically won in 2016 in seven, becoming the first team in NBA history to win a series trailing 3-1. Golden State went 16-1 in this year’s playoffs, good for the highest winning percentage (.941) in a single postseason, surpassing the Los Angeles Lakers from 2001 (15-1, .938).
The team aggressively pursued Kevin Durant in free agency, and the former M.V.P. showed exactly why — leading them to a second championship in three years. Kevin Durant joined the Golden State Warriors to win his first NBA championship – Mission accomplished.
In Game 5, Durant was the offensive star, shooting 14 of 20 from the field, but Curry was terrific as well with 34 points, 10 assists and 6 rebounds while Andre Iguodala, the 2015 Finals M.V.P. had a turn-back-the-clock game on offense with 20 points, with several key baskets in the second half that helped build the Warriors’ lead.
The Golden State Warriors also did much of this without their head coach, Steve Kerr, on the sideline for an extended period of this postseason. Kerr coached the first two games of Golden State’s first-round playoff series against the Portland Trail Blazers in April but stepped away because he was experiencing complications from back surgery from two years ago.During his absence, Kerr was still involved at practice, but he handed the gameday responsibilities to assistant coach Mike Brown. Golden State went 11-0 during that stretch before Kerr returned for Game 2 of the NBA Finals.
Golden State Warriors experienced a 40 year drought until a trio of stars gave the team a massive reboot. Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green helped the Warriors become one of the NBA’s best teams.