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The party began as soon as Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry and the Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 129-120 at Oracle Arena to clinch their second championship in three years.

The timing of the latter is certainly up for debate and Durant may still be a season or two from finally eclipsing James as the best player on the planet, but whether or not Durant will conclude his career as one of the greatest players to never win a championship is a conversation of the past.

Though the Warriors have not yet released a statement as to why they are refusing the trip, players have publicly criticized President Trump for many of his policies.

Police issued more than 40 citations and towed at least 30 cars that were driving recklessly on city streets following the Golden State Warriors championship win.

LeBron James has 12 points and so does Kyrie Irving for the Cavs.

Then they got Durant, who after the buzzer sounded did a little shake with Curry on the court before they slapped hands several times.

J.R. Smith knocked down a 3-pointer just before the first quarter ended to give the Cavaliers a 37-33 lead Monday night in a period filled with free throws. A year ago they became the first team in National Basketball Association history to come back from a 3-1 deficit to win the championship. "You've got to call Kevin Durant a champ now". "But we come together and we're the champions now".

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Golden State general manager Bob Myers also was moved to tears given Kerr's courageous Finals comeback from an 11-game absence while dealing with complications from back surgery following the 2015 title run.

Golden State, which won its second National Basketball Association title in three years on Monday night, added Kevin Durant to a 73-win team and ran through this year's playoffs, going 16-1.

The Warriors took a 71-60 half-time lead but the Cavaliers trimmed the deficit, Smith sinking a 3-pointer to pull Cleveland within 98-93 entering the fourth quarter. And as had been the case in the first three games, it was Durant (21 first half points) and Curry (20 first half points, five assists, four rebounds) leading the way.

"I think our guys just did a good job of hanging in there", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. "You know, so you wouldn't hold your head down, but you would be like, okay, it's just not my time".

The Warriors, who were playing a Game 5 for the first time in the postseason, shot 51.1 percent from the field and 36.8 percent on 3-pointers.

Golden State responded with a 10-3 run, Durant scoring five as the Warriors stretched their margin back to 108-98.

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