The Larry O'Brien trophy will make a return to the Bay Area trophy cabinet for the first time in four decades.
This after the Golden State Warriors ended a 40-year wait for the NBA championship by beating Cleveland Cavaliers 105-97 in Game 6.Stephen Curry showed the way with 25 points, eight assists and six rebounds for the Warriors, would-be NBA Finals MVP Andre Iguodala came closer with 25 points and five assists while Draymond Green finished with a triple double, posting 16 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. In fact, five of the Warriors finished on double figures as they snatched Game 6 to win the Finals 4-2.
Four-time MVP, Cavs’ LeBron James led all scorers on the court with 32 points, 18 rebounds and nine assists but still fell 2-4 in his six career finals appearances.
The win saw Warriors Steve Kerr become the first rookie head coach to win an NBA title since Pat Riley in 1982 while Iguodala is the first NBA player to win the NBA finals MVP award without starting a single game in regular season
It also marks the first time the Finals MVP has shared a team with the regular-season MVP (Curry) since Magic Johnson claimed the Finals honor in 1980 while playing for Los Angeles Lakers with regular-season MVP Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr said of Iguodala: “It is fitting the MVP award went to Andre. He sacrificed his starting role this year. He did that to make our bench better, to make our team better. He set the tone for everything we accomplished.”
LeBron, who also claimed game-high six rebounds, said: “We were under-manned. I don’t know any other team in the history of the NBA that got to the finals without two all-stars. We had our playmakers in suits. For a good playoff run, you have to be healthy and little bit lucky. We weren’t healthy and we weren’t lucky.”
The Warriors are one of three original NBA franchises still in existence. The Oakland side were initially based in Philadelphia winning their first NBA title in 1947 and a second one in 1956. They moved to the Bay Area six years later assuming the name San Francisco Warriors until 1971.
They won their third title in 1975 beating the Washington Bullets in the finals with four consecutive victories.