Profile of the NBA champion Golden State Warriors

Solenn Plantier
Juin 13, 2017

LeBron James led the Cavaliers with 41 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists but it proved in vain as the home team came out on top.

He dedicated the trophy to his mother Wanda in his remarks. "But then that was far from the truth". Thanks to yet another triple double from LeBron, Cleveland stayed within shouting distance until the end, but the Warriors were just too much.

The Warriors also won titles in 1947 and 1956, when the team was based in Philadelphia and took the crown in 1975 and 2015 after moving to the San Francisco Bay area.

"The stuff you hear about Steph as far as sacrificing and being selfless and caring about his teammates, caring about other people is real", Durant said. "You've got to call Kevin Durant a champ now", Curry said. With an officiating crew that is trying to keep a handle on the physical play, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson both have two fouls for the Warriors while Kevin Love and Kyle Korver have picked up a pair for the Cavs. We didn't seem that nervous in Game 4.

Kevin Durant, who was the difference maker the Warriors sought after blowing a 3-1 lead in the Finals last season, shot 14-for-20 and finished with 39 points in Game 5, securing the MVP Award for the series.

"I'm happy for him". And though the Cavaliers crawled and James played unbelievably, they were helpless to Durant's lethal efficiency in the game's biggest moments, impossible to contain amidst the other stars the Warriors already had.

Ten years after becoming the No. 2 draft pick behind Greg Oden, Durant has reached the pinnacle. "We prevailed, we are champions and it was awesome to do it on our own floor". He can't do it alone. "I left everything I had out on the floor every single game for five games in this Finals, and you come up short". That's something I talked about coming into the league, wanting to do it year in and year out. But this is not an individual sport. He is the first player to do that since Shaquille O'Neal in 2000 with the L.A. Lakers.

"Teams and franchises are going to be trying to figure out ways that they can put personnel together, the right group of guys together to be able to hopefully compete against this team", James said. The carefree approach permeated this Warriors team and helped make adding Durant to this collection of talent a seamless transition that resulted in a title. "And he showed that".

Path to Finals: Won Pacific Division; Beat Portland 4-0 in Western Conference quarter-finals; beat Utah 4-0 in conference semi-finals; beat San Antonio 4-0 in conference final; beat Cleveland 4-1 in NBA Finals. If a superstar can get about the same salary by switching to a much better team, there's little incentive not to do so.

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