The 129-120 victory in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday gave them a 4-1 series win, reclaiming the title that they had lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers past year. "They showcased that throughout the postseason, and we were another opponent in their way".
Who was the better team? He was a 6-5 power forward.
His five games in a row with 30 points is the first in a finals since Shaquille O'Neal in 2000.
All-Stars that season: Abdul-Jabbar, Robertson, coach Larry Costello. Milwaukee clobbered teams by 12.2 points per game and increased that to an NBA-best 14.5 per game in the postseason.
Kyrie Irving followed up his 40-point gem in Game 4 with 26 points but shot 9 for 22. Chamberlain's 19.2 rebounds per game topped the league.
For Durant, the 39 points in the close-out game was fitting as he claimed the first title in his 10-year career. Those numbers are actually more impressive than what he did during the 2016 Finals when the Cavaliers won, as James averaged 29.7 points, 11.3 rebounds and 8.9 assists per game on 49.4% shooting during that series. He too often got jammed up off the ball, which resulted in him not getting enough touches and never finding his rhythm.
Golden State swept through the Trail Blazers, Jazz, and the Spurs before defeating the Cavaliers in five games to finish with a 16-1 postseason record. The original Big Three of Bird, Parish and McHale started in the frontcourt, and former MVP Walton backed them up and won the Sixth Man of the Year award.
But in this year's playoff run, he surpassed Michael Jordan as the NBA's all-time playoff scoring leader. Warriors championship parade set for Thursday in OaklandBART officials said last time, 1 million people came to Oakland for the Warriors parade.
This point was made gracefully by columnist Sally Jenkins in The Washington Post: "The Warriors, attractive public figures as they are, have a unique ability to cut through all the shouting and perform an act of critical social activism: They can be exemplars of political civility at a time when it's most needed".
For a while it looked like that run might just continue and the Warriors would put this one away early until Smith, the streakiest of streaky shooters got it going.
Curry again struggled from 3 by making only two of his nine attempts for the second straight game, but he made up for that by attacking the rim and setting up teammates.