Warriors join Bulls, Lakers, Celtics on list of NBA's greats


The Warriors secured a 129-120 victory on Monday to take their second title in three seasons and cap a near-perfect run through the play-offs.

Cleveland stormed back from a 3-1 series deficit to win last year's finals against Golden State after the Warriors knocked off the Cavaliers in the 2015 finals.

Durant won the Finals MVP award after averaging 35.2 points, 8.4 rebounds, 5.4 assists, and 1.6 blocks for the series.

Speaking on ESPN and BT Sport, he added: "I've got the best job in the world, these guys are so gifted, so committed to each other and so unselfish". I was anxious, I was jittery. "I just try to put in the work, in the film room, in my mind, my body every single day to prepare myself for whatever obstacle that this ball club entails". "You just pick yourself back up and you keep pushing and you keep going". The Rematch was real, yet it ended earlier than some of us thought it would.

None of that was an issue for the Warriors as Durant has been called an unselfish player whose only desire was to do whatever is in the best interests of his team.

That's what the Cavaliers must do after falling to the Warriors in the final for the second time in three seasons, having rallied from 3-1 down a year ago to win the crown when James led the series in points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks-another unprecedented feat.

After getting outscored 37-33 in the first quarter, Golden State responded by taking an 11-point lead into the break.

And looking at the Warriors roster, many more could be on the way.

But Durant was quick to congratulate last year's champions.

"We were able to get them past year, and they went out and got one of the best players that this league has ever seen", James said.

Completing a ideal 9-0 run at home during the postseason, the Warriors became the first San Francisco Bay Area team to win a championship at home since the Oakland Athletics won the 1974 World Series. It was just a proud moment, something that you never, ever forget.

"I got nothing but love and respect for him and I can't wait to compete against him again next season", he said.

For the next several months, Dub Nation will only grow stronger while the attacks on LeBron James' legacy only grow louder.

With stars like Durant and Steph Curry, they waltzed through the 2017 playoffs not losing a game until they played Cleveland in the finals.

But three-time champion LeBron said he had no reason to feel sorry for himself. "And so I don't know as far as me personally right now". However, adding Kevin Durant to that stacked team and then winning championship isn't all that impressive.

He was vilified in 2010 when he left the Cavs to join the Miami Heat - where he won two National Basketball Association titles - before returning to Cleveland four years later to help win a first championship for the city in 2016.