Sports Illustrated's Ben Golliver shared a look inside Oracle Arena in the game's final seconds:
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Oracle Arena celebrates Warriors' second title in three years. Golden state in 5 https://t.co/u63dOMErhe2017-6-13 03:47:43
Champions. https://t.co/mu533jRPKo2017-6-13 04:00:24
Stephen Curry ran over to Warriors fans to enjoy the moment, courtesy of NBA on ESPN:
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This is for you #DubNation https://t.co/AJzbDtYTFe2017-6-13 03:58:49
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:
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KD shares a moment with his "Real MVP." #NBAFinals https://t.co/VumRsSHsgt2017-6-13 03:49:02
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:
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¯\_(ツ)_/¯ #NBAFinals https://t.co/ifNLgRx5Sk2017-6-13 04:04:51
Players and analysts praised Durant's effort in the Finals:
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@KDTrey5 ✊🏾2017-6-13 03:47:55
Alex Kennedy @AlexKennedyNBA
Kevin Durant finished the NBA Finals averaging 35.2 PPG, 8.4 RPG, 5.4 APG, 1.6 BPG, 1 SPG. He shot 55.6% on FGs, 47.4% on 3s, 92.7% on FTs.2017-6-13 03:52:19
Chris Mannix @ChrisMannixYS
Some will forever tag @KDTrey5 as a ring chaser. But no way does Golden State win this series without him.2017-6-13 03:55:45
Mike Miller @MikeMiller_13
What an awesome performance by 2 absolute legends @KDTrey5 & @KingJames. Congrats to the @warriors on their championship. #NBAFinals2017-6-13 03:52:04
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.