The 2017 National Basketball Association champion Golden State Warriors have not yet decided if they will visit the White House to celebrate their title.
The Warriors won Monday's game five 129-120 at Oakland's Oracle Arena as Kevin Durant - named National Basketball Association finals MVP - starred with 39 points, while guard Stephen Curry had 34. Their one title came previous year when the Cavs became the first team to rally from a 3-1 Finals deficit to win the city's first major title since 1964.
In his post-game press conference, Tyronn Lue expressed where he feels the Cavs stack up against the Warriors.
The Warriors, who beat Cleveland in the 2015 Finals only to lose to them a year ago 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. With time ticking down Durant sauntered up to the arc and hoisted the shot that put the Warriors up for good over LeBron, as they moved into a 3-0 lead with a 118-13 triumph. Love picked up two fouls in the first three minutes and had to go to the bench and was just not the same player we saw earlier in the series.
Durant even hugged James.
She may or may not have been at the receiving end of a glare from Durant during that game, but following his big win with the Warriors Monday night, he finally had a message for her. The slender Russell award felt like a foregone conclusion two games in, and was voted unanimously by an 11-member media panel after Durant averaged 35 points, eight rebounds and five assists during the series. LeBron can't criticize too much, though, having bolted Cleveland for Miami to get his first championships, then leaving Pat Riley back in South Beach when it was obvious the aging Heat roster couldn't keep contending.
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"Man, that guy is - I think that some people would say he's on the toe of - like he's on the line of greatness".
Following the victory Monday night, warriors' fans danced in the streets in downtown Oakland and wildly honked their horns in San Francisco.
And, with James and Kyrie Irving doing all they could to extend the series, it was Durant who put the Warriors on his back again late in game five - totalling 39 points in another outstanding show of his offensive brilliance.
Fans who gathered in Oakland for Thursday's parade said they expected more championships from the team in the years to come. The Warriors were better than the Lakers in this regard; in fact, they were among the best in the league this season, ranking second in points-allowed-per-possession numbers.
"Well I'm not happy he won his first, I'm not happy at all", James said.
Two playful superstars who found a way to coexist through all the questions and constant scrutiny, together and smiling as champions. "I thought they gave everything they had, and we fought, we competed, and we never gave in, but they beat us".