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Golden State Warriors Tie for 4th-Most Titles in NBA History

Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffJune 13, 2017

OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 12: The Golden State Warriors  are pictured after winning the NBA Championship in Game Five against the Cleveland Cavaliers of the 2017 NBA Finals on June 12, 2017 at Oracle Arena 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 Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by: Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)
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The Golden State Warriors closed out the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 5 of the NBA Finals by a score of 129-120 at Oracle Arena on Tuesday evening.

As a franchise, the Warriors have now won five titles, tying them with the San Antonio Spurs for the fourth-most in the NBA, per ESPN Stats & Info. Only the Boston Celtics (17), the Los Angeles Lakers (16) and the Chicago Bulls (six) have won more titles.

Golden State has reached the NBA Finals in each of the last three seasons, squaring off against the Cavaliers in each of them. After securing the franchise's first championship since 1975 in 2015, the club was on the cusp of back-to-back titles last season with a 3-1 series lead. The Warriors ultimately dropped the last three games of the series to hand Cleveland the championship but redeemed themselves with a dominating showing at this year's Finals.

The offseason acquisition of superstar forward Kevin Durant may have pushed the team over the top. Durant came up huge during the Finals, averaging 35.2 points, 8.4 rebounds and 5.4 assists despite clashing with LeBron James frequently, although he was guarded by various players.

Golden State could return the majority of their production next season if Stephen Curry re-signs and Kevin Durant picks up his player option. However, Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston, Zaza Pachulia, David West, JaVale McGee, Ian Clark, Matt Barnes and James Michael McAdoo all have expiring contracts as well.

While some of those names should return, the club may lose some veteran role players heading into next season. The expiring contracts will at least free up some cap space, which should allow the Warriors to fill in the gaps on the roster when they make a run at back-to-back titles in 2017-18.

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