Golden State, who beat Cleveland in the 2015 finals only to lose to them previous year after squandering a 3-1 series lead, set a record in this season's playoffs by losing just one of their 16 games, their only loss coming in Game 4 of the finals.
Stephen Curry added 34 points, 10 assists and six rebounds in Game 5 as Golden State closed out its second title in three years after squandering a 3-1 lead a year ago to the Cavaliers to miss a repeat.
"It's hard to compare to what that feeling was the first time, but it's pretty darn close", Curry said. "I thought when we got healthy, we got our mind right, we stayed the course, and once we got to the Playoffs, we really performed".
"I don't believe I've played for a super team", LeBron said after his Game 5 loss.
The win provided redemption for the Warriors, who brought Kevin Durant over from the Oklahoma City Thunder last offseason to bolster their already high-powered offense. LeBron James and Miami Heat were better than him, Westbrook and Harden. And like I said, I just try to do everything to just try to help this team win and more. "Keep your cool. Don't argue with the refs, '" Green revealed after winning the 2017 NBA Finals in five games over the Cleveland Cavaliers. He felt like he needed to reassemble and reassess his career and come here...
Wanda Durant didn't even care that her son was in the middle of a live interview with ABC's Doris Burke because she had to express how proud she was of her son in that moment. A lot of guys cried because they wanted it bad, and that's all you can ask.
Monday night's episode of Jeopardy!, which was nearly certainly pre-recorded weeks or even months ago, ended up being well-timed for the Warriors' Game 5 win to become the 2017 NBA Champions. Instead, he talked to reporters about how he was feeling about losing to the Warriors just one year after beating them in the Finals.
"I want to say a special "thank you" to (assistant) Mike Brown for keeping this ship sailing smoothly while I was out". "I was anxious. I was jittery". I put in work, I just had to trust in it.
"We battled. But we did it. But we prevailed, we're champions and it's wonderful doing it on our home floor". Kerr wasn't yet ready to disclose his thoughts on what might be on the horizon, telling SI.com: "To be honest, I'm just happy to be able to be a part of this".
"I got nothing but love and respect for him and I can't wait to compete against him again next season", he said.