This time they didn’t blow the 3-1 lead. Golden State beat Cleveland to clinch the NBA championship in Oakland on Monday night, in doing so avenging last year’s epic collapse that spawned a million memes.
That makes two titles in three years, with an NBA regular-season record for wins sandwiched in between — so Warriors fans are now officially cleared to talk dynasty.
Kevin Durant was brilliant with 39 points for Golden State, but Monday’s NBA Finals finale didn’t disappoint on the comedy front either.
During the second quarter, Warriors forward David West and Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson got heated — and veeery close to one another, which led to this slapstick screen-grab.
But Game 5 was just getting warmed up.
A scary moment turned into a comedy session in the third quarter when Warriors guard Klay Thompson nearly took an ugly fall but was saved by teammate Draymond Green.
With disaster avoided, the internet quickly got to jokes.
And of course, folks couldn’t not bring up Kevin Durant joining the Warriors to form a superteam last summer.
Congratulations to Kevin Durant and everyone else who walked home from third base.
— jay 👁👁👁kang (@jaycaspiankang) June 13, 2017
How did you add Kevin Durant and win the NBA championship no one could have predicted this
— Feitelberg (@FeitsBarstool) June 13, 2017
The Warriors really won the NBA title July 4th 2016 the day they signed Kevin Durant
— Skinny Escobar (@skinnytoldem) June 13, 2017
The Warriors’ fan base, which is heavy on the Silicon Valley set and bandwagon riders, didn’t escape roasting either.
These Warriors fans are so very amped to go home and celebrate with their Juiceros full of Soylent.
— Gene Demby (@GeeDee215) June 13, 2017
I’m happy for Javale and I’m happy for KD and all the Silicon Valley CEO fans can kick rocks.
— Nate Scott (@aNateScott) June 13, 2017
Congrats to all the Warriors fans!
Must be cool to have your favorite team of 3 years have 2 rings already!
— Kaitlyn. (@KClevenger24) June 13, 2017
I’m happy for the Warriors, and I try not to police this stuff. But fans throwing Juiceros on the court after every made three is NOT OKAY.
— David Roth (@david_j_roth) June 13, 2017
Ultimately though, it was the Warriors celebrating their second title in three years as fans celebrated and confetti fell.