Warriors Win 2018 NBA Finals: Score, Celebration Highlights and Twitter Reaction

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistJune 9, 2018

CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 08:  Zaza Pachulia #27 of the Golden State Warriors celebrates with the Larry O'Brien Trophy after defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers during Game Four of the 2018 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 8, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Warriors defeated the Cavaliers 108-85 to win the 2018 NBA Finals. 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 Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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The party is on once again for the Golden State Warriors after they captured their third championship in four years with a 108-85 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 4 of the NBA Finals


The @warriors are #NBAFinals champions! #ThisIsWhyWePlay https://t.co/XJjsJkNBmS

With the Warriors clinching on the road, fans in Oracle Arena were able to celebrate their team's title while watching the Jumbotron:

Golden State Warriors @warriors

Oracle is FEELING IT 🙌 https://t.co/pAtRDlJFOK

LeBron James was gracious in defeat, as this image from Game 4 shows from when James checked out for the final time:

Golden State Warriors @warriors

Respect, @cavs. #ThisIsWhyWePlay #NBAFinals https://t.co/1eWNcaCRk6

A close battle for the honor of being crowned NBA Finals MVP went in Kevin Durant's favor for the second consecutive year. The nine-time All-Star went out in style by recording his first-career triple-double in the Finals with 20 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists. 

Golden State Warriors @warriors

Back-to-Back Champs, Back-to-Back #NBAFinals MVP. Congrats @KDTrey5 !!!🏆🏆 #StrengthInNumbers Finals Averages: 28.8 points 10.8 rebounds 7.5 assists https://t.co/ePTZam47Jq

Right behind Durant on the list of MVP candidates was Stephen Curry, who scored a game-high 37 points in the clincher. The two-time NBA MVP had numbers in the series that would normally be good enough to earn the Bill Russell NBA Finals MVP award:

Tom Haberstroh @tomhaberstroh

Steph Curry's Finals averages: 2018: 27.5 pts, 6.8 ast, 6.0 reb 2017: 26.8 pts, 5.4 ast, 8.2 reb 2016: 22.6 pts, 3.7 ast, 4.9 reb 2015: 26.0 pts, 6.3 ast, 5.2 reb 37 points in a closeout game tonight and not even enough for his first Finals MVP

Durant's second straight Finals MVP trophy put him in a group that includes five other players in NBA history:

ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

Kevin Durant is the 6th player to win back-to-back Finals MVPs. The others? LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O'Neal, Michael Jordan and Hakeem Olajuwon. https://t.co/3x40zhKm2c

Whittling that list down even further, Durant has now done something that had only been accomplished by Michael Jordan prior to this year:

SportsCenter @SportsCenter

Only players to have 4 scoring titles and multiple Finals MVPs: Michael Jordan Kevin Durant https://t.co/puRxEWgoqw

While most of the Warriors core players have been in this position before, Nick Young, who signed with the team last summer, got to delight in capturing his first NBA title after 12 years in the league:


Swaggy P is an NBA champ! #ThisIsWhyWePlay https://t.co/KcNuXJIwN4

Don't worry, though. Winning a championship hasn't changed Young's personality, as you can see from this quote:

Marc J. Spears @MarcJSpearsESPN

“They can’t say nothing about Swaggy no more... When I go to museums I’m going to say, ‘Swaggy P, champion,” Warriors guard Nick Young said.

Just because this has become old hat for players like Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green doesn't mean they aren't exhilarated by the chance to lift the Larry O'Brien trophy and celebrate with their teammates:

ESPN @espn

Hoist it, @StephenCurry30. https://t.co/zPtLbofGlv


📸 Coach Kerr x Steph Curry 📸 #DubNation #NBAFinals https://t.co/vASPl0wGyl

SLAM Magazine @SLAMonline

🗣️ “Can’t tell me nothing tonight!” - Steph Curry (via @MarcJSpearsESPN) https://t.co/krOADvGpSy

Golden State Warriors @warriors

HOW MANY, KLAY?! https://t.co/HwaMasWuW5

95.7 The Game @957thegame

Draymond Green & JaVale McGee headed to get a champagne bath https://t.co/bRzLkgyAq0

Klay had some fun with his father, Mychal Thompson, who won two NBA titles in his 13-year career:

Warriors on NBCS @NBCSWarriors

Klay stays taking jabs at his dad 😂 https://t.co/2OUgD4NbPi

The entire Warriors franchise has a lot to boast about right now. It just finished off arguably the greatest four-year run in NBA history:

ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

Including the postseason, the Warriors are 328-83 (.798) over the last 4 seasons. That's the best 4-year winning percentage in NBA history, beating out the stretch the Warriors had from 2014-17. H/t @EliasSports https://t.co/DtH10sxoBx

Wherever the history books end up putting these Warriors, there is no doubt they are the class of this era of NBA basketball. There are 29 other teams trying to build a roster that can compete with theirs. 

Only one team has found the right formula in the past four years, but that hiccup against the Cavs in 2016 is a distant memory for the Warriors after winning back-to-back titles.