Warriors' championship parade set for Thursday in Oakland

Warriors' championship parade set for Thursday in Oakland

Durant's stellar play all season and throughout the playoffs vindicated Golden State's massive payout to the superstar in a controversial off-season deal.

The capacity crowd, most dressed in Warrior gold T-shirts, cheered and sang along with the tune "We Are The Champions" as confetti fell. The Warriors appeared unbeatable, sucking the intrigue out of who might have challenged them at the end. They led at the half by 11.

The two teams have contested the past three finals. His two-way performance in Game 2 will be remembered, as will his scoring of the final seven points in Game 3 that included a late, go-ahead 3-pointer in the face of LeBron James.

Durant knows how fleeting the victory might be, and the next phase is to "beat him to the gym" in July to get ready for next season.

It's what ended up driving the Warriors to new and greater postseason heights, as their 129-120 victory vanquished the Cavaliers in Game 5 on Monday night. There was more than a touch of pay-back Monday night.

The Warriors, who beat Cleveland in the 2015 Finals only to lose to them past year after squandering a 3-1 series lead, went a record-setting 15-1 in the playoffs, their only loss coming in Game Four of the best-of-seven championship.

Sure, the Warriors missed becoming the first undefeated champion, but 16-1 still gave Golden State the best winning percentage of any title team at.941. They dropped the NBA Finals opener to league MVP Allen Iverson and the Philadelphia 76ers, then took the next four games.

Instead, they played like the single most creative team ever, alternating between graceful and ferocious and rarely looking anything but handsome.

Kerr joked after the game, "Actually we had very little talent, it was mostly coaching". The Knicks have openly been begging Carmelo Anthony to seek a trade elsewhere.

We've done this in our escalation of titles beyond all else in assessing what a career has been worth, unfairly adding the "yeah, but..." that diminishes so much individual achievement beyond one's reasonable control.

James said he had no reason to feel sorry for himself. Durant didn't just make a business decision.

"I left everything on the floor every game, all five games. But like you don't concern me, I'm coming in and working every day, seeing how I can be the best teammate I can be, the best player I can be". "In a closeout game in the Finals, he's a big dog". "They're going to be around for a while".

The reigning National Basketball Association coach of the year returned for Game 2 of the Finals after a six-week absence from the bench. J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert are each making more than $10 million dollars per season.

"Pretty much all of their big-name guys are in their 20s", the Cavs' James said, "and they don't show any signs of slowing down". So there's going to be a lot of teams that's trying to figure out ways to put personnel together to try and match that if they're able to actually face them in a playoff series, both Eastern Conference and Western Conference.

The Golden State Warriors celebrate winning another National Basketball Association championship.

And it may stay that way for several seasons to come.

"I'm not the GM of the team", LeBron continued.

But as many have pointed out, it's not working.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - They made their group plea to Kevin Durant last summer, Stephen Curry and the core of the Golden State Warriors traveling cross-country to go at a prized free agent the only way they do it around here: with "Strength in Numbers". And we're going to do it again.

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