Warriors fans celebrate National Basketball Association title with rowdy street party

The party began as soon as Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry and the Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 129-120 at Oracle Arena to clinch their second championship in three years Monday night.

Talk from the Golden State Warriors about popping champagne corks and celebrating an National Basketball Association title on Cleveland's court for the second time in three seasons inspired Kyrie Irving to do something to prevent it.

The Warriors won the first three games of the best-of-seven NBA Finals, but LeBron James and the Cavaliers took Game 4.

"We'll just come and play our game, continue to build on what we've been doing since Day 1 of training camp", said Warriors star Kevin Durant, attempting to brush all distractions aside. As the Warriors learned, James and the rest of the Cavs can make a series lead vanish if you let them. Friday's Game 4 win certainly included the biggest display of emotions in the series thus far, including LeBron James and Kevin Durant in each other's faces at one point. Golden State can still become the first team ever to go 16-1 in the playoffs with a victory in Game 5, and that is the goal right now. If they can get a win in Oakland to send the series back home, they might gather enough steam to pull it off.

The Cavs shot 62 percent from the field in the first quarter while taking a 37-33 lead, but the Warriors dominated the second quarter to grab a 11-point halftime advantage.

The Warriors, coming off their first loss of the postseason in Friday's 137-116 defeat in Cleveland, are 8½-point favorites over the Cavaliers.

The NBA may have an issue with predictability, as Golden State is the overwhelming favorite again next season. Irving added 26 points and six assists.

On Monday night, the Warriors will try again to close out their second championship in three years with the fiery Green on the court to start Game 5 this time. "I thought the first two games we were being too nice".

The Warriors responded with a 28-4 run for a lead they never gave up after that.

Durant was in great form during Game 4, scoring 35 points, but Curry had an off-day with just 14 points.

The Cavaliers made another push in the third quarter, but the Warriors ended any doubt in the fourth.

"Believeland is not going to give up and we're going to keep fighting", Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said.

One of the fans watching the players go through their pregame routines was Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. There were times where we were fanning out trying to get to that three-point line [on defense], and then they would back-cut us and get a layup.

The Cavs were shaky early, but got back into it with their defense.

James is always a big game player, and one does not need to brief him about the importance of this game in the context of the final.

  • Julie Sanders