Warriors Win 2017 NBA Finals: Score, Celebration Highlights and Twitter Reaction

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistJune 13, 2017

OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 12:  Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors celebrates after defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers 129-120 in Game 5 to win the 2017 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 12, 2017 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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For the second time in three years, the Golden State Warriors are NBA champions. They defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 129-120 in Game 5 of the 2017 NBA Finals on Monday.

Sports Illustrated's Ben Golliver shared a look inside Oracle Arena in the game's final seconds:

Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala, JaVale McGee and Shaun Livingston embraced after the final whistle, per the Warriors' Twitter account:

Stephen Curry ran over to Warriors fans to enjoy the moment, courtesy of NBA on ESPN:

Kevin Durant signed with the Warriors with the expressed purpose of besting LeBron James and Co. and winning his first NBA title. Durant celebrated with his mother, Wanda, on the court following the win, courtesy of NBA on TNT:

Durant was named Finals MVP after averaging 35.2 points per game for the series. Yahoo Sports provided the perfect photo for those who criticized Durant for joining Golden State:

Players and analysts praised Durant's effort in the Finals:

Winning two NBA titles in three years is an impressive achievement, but many fans will likely feel that was the minimum expectation for the Warriors this season. Golden State won an NBA-record 73 regular-season games a year ago and then signed Durant, one of the best scorers of his generation, in the offseason.

Anything other than an NBA championship would've been a major disappointment in Oakland. This year's postseason illustrated the gulf between the Warriors and the rest of the league.

After making such a big splash last summer, player retention will likely be general manager Bob Myers' focus in the weeks ahead.

Curry, Durant, Iguodala, Livingston, McGee, Zaza Pachulia, David West, Ian Clark, James McAdoo and Matt Barnes will be free agents. There's little chance Curry or Durant leaves Golden State, and re-signing Iguodala will likely be a priority. Beyond that, the fates of the Warriors' free agents are up in the air.

Golden State's bench has played a big role in the team's success the last three years, and the team's depth shouldn't be taken for granted.

As Myers and the Warriors front office focuses on taking the next step in building their dynasty, this will be an important offseason.