Oakland triumphant as parade set to celebrate NBA's Warriors

Posted June 16, 2017

They could outrun teams like the Showtime Lakers and outgun them like Michael Jordan's Bulls - and the Golden State Warriors had a more dominant postseason than either.

But it was Durant, who left Oklahoma City for Oakland at the end of last season, who carried the team. It's about us supporting this championship.

At the half the Warriors had an 11-point lead on the strength of a 21-2 run midway through the quarter by the Warriors. Andre Iguodala told USA TODAY Sports' Sam Amick, "Hell nah", on if he wants to take part in it.

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LeBron James had a game-high 41 points but defensive breakdowns by Cleveland led to easy baskets late in the game for the Warriors, igniting a deafening crowd.

But each time, the Warriors recovered - led by Durant's clutch shooting. There was more than a touch of pay-back Monday night.

The second National Basketball Association championship feels drastically different for Curry, because this one was a comeback from a heartbreaking missed opportunity past year against James and the Cavaliers when the Warriors knew they should have won it all but squandered a 3-1 lead. This is Kerr's seventh championship, five of those as a player and two as a head coach. "That's a tough play to stop". Perhaps the most prominent critic has been San Antonio Spurs coach Greg Popovich, an Air Force Academy graduate and former USA intelligence officer who has questioned Trump's judgment, maturity and empathy on several occasions.

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In the next coming weeks KD will have to assess his future as a Warrior having the option to opt out of his $27.7 million (USD) player option, but he expects to remain in the Bay area. This is a moment that we all need to enjoy together, and nothing should detract from what we were able to accomplish together and the different kind of ceremonies and traditions that have happened around championship-winning teams. With Kevin Durant claiming Finals MVP honors and Stephen Curry set to sign a five-year, $207 "supermax" contract extension this summer, Golden State could keep its core intact for years to come. But alas Game 4 came and you didn't have to be clairvoyant to know that the 2016 champs and LeBron James in particular, would come out and represent their mantra to the letter, defend the land, with an emphatic 137-116 victory. "I work hard, I believe in myself, I believe in the game, I respect the game, I love the game, and I knew at some point in my life that it will come around for me".

The only real drama in the Warriors' path to a championship this season was Kerr's health.

Coach Steve Kerr cried. They were wildly overmatched in terms of talent and depth in this one but made it a series primarily on the backs of James, Irving and Smith.

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