Wanda Durant, Kevin Durant's mother, opens up about sacrifice

The Golden State Warriors captured their second National Basketball Association championship in three years last night, preventing LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers from winning back-to-back titles.

The Warriors, who beat Cleveland in the 2015 Finals only to lose to them past year after squandering a 3-1 series lead, went a record-setting 16-1 in the playoffs, their only loss coming in Game Four of the best-of-seven championship.

OAKLAND, USA - Stephen Curry was still smiling and laughing about Golden State's second National Basketball Association title in 3 seasons when he made it clear the Warriors think they are just getting started hoisting trophies.

He averaged 35 points a game as the Golden State Warriors clobbered the Cleveland Cavaliers.

And as Sports Illustrated writer Ben Golliver noted, LeBron James will certainly need something more to compete with the Warriors, who have Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green all remaining with the team for years to come and all at their peak.

LeBron James has now lost five Finals in eight appearances - only the fourth player to come up short in five NBA Finals.

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That followed them squandering a 3-1 lead against Cleveland Cavaliers to lose last season's finals. "We're going down as one of the best teams ever, and that's a special thing you can not take away from us".

The five-game series averaged a total live audience (television plus streaming) of 20,840,000 average viewers, up from 20,578,000 viewers for last year's seven-game series.

"I ain't got nothing left to say", he said, flashing his trophy. "I've been so lucky to be part of so many championship teams as a player and now as a coach, and it never gets old".

"I knew it was going to be a battle I just tried to challenge him - you can't stop the guy".

He finished the evening with 10 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and two steals in 44 minutes of play.

He provided the crucial difference in this matchup putting down fantastic numbers, and what is more important being constant on both sides of the floor in every game. Durant was front and center in that turnaround, hitting the go-ahead 3-pointer to provide the signature moment of the Warriors rally - and the series as a whole - in an 11-0 finish. "He's put the time in and I'm just so happy for him to be able to realize his goal and be my teammate". "But we prevailed, we're champions and it's wonderful doing it on our home floor". The Warriors also posted a 16-1 record (.941 win percentage) in these playoffs to go on the best title run ever, percentage points better than the 2001 Lakers (15-1, .938).

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