The Golden State Warriors collected several championships over the past half-decade, but which of their three titles remains the best to date?
In the past five seasons, the Golden State Warriors went to five straight NBA Finals and won three of them. All three came over the Cleveland Cavaliers, once in 2015, and back to back in 2017 and 2018.
Each championship was memorable in its own way, but to this day, one still stands a cut above the rest — their 2017 victory.
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Having come off one of the most devastating NBA Finals losses ever where they infamously lost a three-games-to-one lead over Cleveland, the Warriors sought out redemption.
The two teams faced off once again in the Finals next season for the third straight time, however, the rejuvenated Golden State had Kevin Durant on their side for this one.
Durant was masterful in the series as he averaged 35.2 points, 8.2 rebounds, 5.4 assists per game. The forward impacted the defensive end significantly also as he averaged 1.0 steals and 1.6 blocks per game.
Teammate Stephen Curry excelled next to Durant as he averaged 26.8 points, 8.0 rebounds, 9.4 assists, and 2.2 steals per game throughout the series.
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As their star duo decimated their competition, the Golden State Warriors sealed their second NBA title in three years and achieved revenge on Cleveland. The series lasted five games, as the Warriors missed the opportunity to complete a perfect postseason at 16-0.
Instead, the Cavaliers avoided elimination in Game 4 with 137-116 victory. However, the win did not come easy for Cleveland as numerous records got shattered in route to victory.
A few Finals records broken by the Cavaliers included the most three-pointers in a game at 24, most points in a quarter at 49, and most points scored in a half at 86, among others.
All of these broken records showcased just what it would take to beat this Golden State team even one time during this playoff run.
Durant was awarded the Finals MVP award for his efforts and secured his first NBA championship to put Golden State back on top of the league. After the team’s collapse in the Finals last season, this title set them up to be contenders for years to come and potential the league’s next dynasty.
Compared to their Finals wins in 2015 and 2018, this win in 2017 ranks a step above the other two for several reasons. In 2015 the Warriors did win their first title since 1975, but it came against a depleted Cleveland team that was without Kyrie Irving or Kevin Love for a majority of it.
In their 2018 championship run, there was no doubt that the Warriors were going to win their second straight title even though the team did not speed through the playoffs such as last season.
In 2017 their playoff run seemed easy as the Warriors swept through the Western Conference, but the team needed to prove they could finish it all after losing in the Finals prior.
Until the clock struck zero and the Warriors were officially crowned champions, there was a sense of unease among Golden State fans.
An entire fan base exhaled simultaneously as this championship suppressed the memories of what took place the year prior.