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Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant look to build a Warriors dynasty

Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant look to build a Warriors dynasty

Curry had 34 points and 10 assists in contributing to the Golden State Warriors victory to wrap up the NBA Final series in Game 5, with a 129-120 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

"Steph definitely took a back seat to start the season until he realized we didn't need him to take a back seat, we need you to be aggressive as you're going to be", forward Draymond Green said.

Golden State finished the 2017 postseason 16-1, the best mark by any team in National Basketball Association history.

One year after their historic comeback, James and the Cavaliers couldn't catch the Golden State Warriors.

Up until the post-game presscon, James remained defiant that the Cavs were capable of beating the Warriors team that dominated them in four of five games. "But we prevailed, we're champions and it's unbelievable doing it on our home floor".

"And that last three minutes was a blur just of pure emotion and energy".

"We learned from everything we've been through", Warriors point guard Stephen Curry said during the trophy celebration.

Unlike Game 4, when the Cavs exploded for an NBA Finals record 86 points in the first half and led by 16, the Warriors were in control.

"I heard all the narrative, that I was hopping on bandwagons", Durant said. But some front offices have undergone recent overhauls, and more of that could be on the way - especially if Cleveland does not retain GM David Griffin, whose contract with the Cavs is expiring. You learn from your disappointing times.

So we're obviously just getting started, this is something that we want to continue to do, but for us to have these conversations that we had nearly a year ago and now being in this position, worth every shot we took in practice, fighting through injuries that he had this year, and it's an unbelievable feeling.




But they didn't, they did and we're not, so now it's time to begin looking ahead to the 2017-18 season, when the Cavaliers and Warriors could well meet in The Finals for a fourth straight year.

But Durant was quick to congratulate last year's champions.

He took the easy way, joined them and won Finals MVP honors with five games of 31 or more points, including 39 in the title-clincher. They stepped up. The entire season they were great.

Smith came up big, as he's done multiple times throughout his career. You don't want to take a step back. "And when Steph turned that corner, I think it was after Christmas Day, when he turned that corner, we became nearly unbeatable". "There was never any question in my mind that this was going to work", Steve Kerr said.

"He has had an incredible career, but he took it to the next level". He was incredible all season long.

But that idea fizzled fast when the Warriors opened with a pair of lopsided wins at home, fought back late to steal the next game in Cleveland and then, after dropping their first game of the postseason, closed out the series at home.

"I no way expected him to respond anytime soon, but he did".

Among the other first-time National Basketball Association champions was Warriors center Zaza Pachulia, the first player from the nation of Georgia to win an National Basketball Association title. "It's a championship. It's a great feeling".

Q: KD had a lot of cool things to say about you. "And you can't describe it". And 'Bron's been in this league for a while now, and he's seen every which way from on the court, to off the court, to dealing with some of you guys, to dealing with the whole world of just choosing a side.


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