The Golden State Warriors are the 2017 NBA champions, defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers 4-1 to win their second title in 3 years.
Kevin Durant, who drew a lot of criticism for his move to the Warriors last year, was named the Finals MVP.
Durant became just the sixth player in N.B.A. history to score 30 or more points in each game of a finals, and had 39 in the series-clinching Game 5 victory.
“We prevailed,” Durant said. “We’re champions and we did it on our own floor.”
“It’s just a great group of guys, great community, great arena, great fans,” Durant said after the game. “I’m just so happy to be a part of it. I can’t wait to celebrate with my team-mates in the locker room.”
The Warriors had lost the Finals last year after going up 3-1, but that wasn’t going to happen this year.
“We had a letdown last year, I had a letdown last year,” Warriors’ Draymond Green said. “But, like I told everyone before, if Kevin Durant was the consolation prize to lose, thanks for that loss.”
“We learned from everything we’ve been through,” teammate Steph Curry said. “Our perspective, being blessed to play on this stage three years in a row, it’s for these fans, for our organization, for these families. To be back here, bring [the trophy] back home, I’m just excited to do something special. I’m ready to do it again.”
LeBron James averaged a triple double over the Finals, but couldn’t lift the Cavaliers past the Warriors amazing offense and defense.
James and Kyrie Irving didn’t go down without a fight. They attacked the rim and tried to carry their team to victory, but a combined 67 points weren’t enough.