Warriors soak up the love with parade to celebrate NBA championship win

San Francisco, California - The Golden State Warriors celebrated their NBA championship with a parade through the streets of San Francisco on Monday.

Steph Curry leads the celebrations on the streets of San Francisco.
Steph Curry leads the celebrations on the streets of San Francisco.  © USA TODAY Sports

A 103-90 success over the Boston Celtics at TD Garden in Game 6 of the NBA Finals last Thursday clinched a 4-2 win for the Warriors, who lifted the Larry O'Brien Trophy for the first time since 2018.

It marked the culmination of a stunning recovery from Golden State, who lost Kevin Durant in free agency following the 2019 Finals loss to the Toronto Raptors and had the worst record in the league in the following season, with Klay Thompson missing the first of two straight years due to ACL damage and Steph Curry playing just five games of a campaign shortened by the start of the Covid pandemic.

The Warriors lost a play-in game against the Memphis Grizzlies in 2020-21 but beat them on their way to a fourth championship in eight years this season.

Curry lets all the emotions out

Curry and his Warriors teammates went on an open-top bus parade.
Curry and his Warriors teammates went on an open-top bus parade.  © USA TODAY Sports

Curry, who was named Finals MVP for the first time in his decorated career, explained why he was so emotional after the latest success as he addressed fans who gathered to celebrate in the streets.

"Whether you say it out loud or you internalize it, you carry the journey with you," the 34-year-old said.

"To know what we've all been through, what my brother [Thompson] went through over almost three years, what we went through as a team to try to re-tool, regroup, rejuvenate what we had, and just taking snapshots of the last three years, all that came out when the final horn sounded."

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"It wasn't just the work we put in last week, a month ago, it's the work we started when we changed buildings and trying to carry that championship DNA with us. But that emotion was everything, just letting it out and letting you know that we're back."

"What are they gonna say now?"

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