Champion Golden State Warriors To Opt Out Of White House Visit

Champion Golden State Warriors To Opt Out Of White House Visit

Durant did indeed join a ready-made contender by teaming up with two-time reigning league MVP Stephen Curry on a team that won it all in 2015 and was runner-up a year ago after a season in which it had a record 73 wins in 82 games.

The Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers to capture their second championship in three seasons on Monday night, prompting conjecture over whether the team would make the traditional visit after several key members spoke out against Trump during the campaign and his presidency.

Curry added 34 and Andre Iguodala was a force off the bench, scoring 20 points on 9-of-14 shooting.

That's what the Cavaliers must do after falling to the Warriors in the final for the second time in 3 seasons, having rallied from 3-1 down past year to win the crown when James led the series in points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks - another unprecedented feat.

"They're going to be around for a while", Cavaliers forward LeBron James said after suffering his second Finals defeat in three years to a Warriors team that went 16-1 in the playoffs.

He hit two huge threes to end the first half and kept gunning the Cavaliers back into it when the Warriors appeared to be pulling away.

As good as the team that Cleveland beat was, the latest edition with NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Durant, who averaged 35.2 points and 8.4 rebounds in the finals, is even better.

Durant, who lost in his only previous Finals appearance in 2012, led the way for the Warriors with 39 points and was relieved after feeling pressure to deliver prior to the game. Their best chance was to roll the dice and pray a major piece in Cleveland or Golden State got hurt and gave them an opportunity. Kerr's team set an National Basketball Association record for regular-season wins with 73 last season and returned to the Finals, but lost to Cleveland in seven games. "Our perspective, being blessed to play on this stage three years in a row, it's for these fans, for our organization, for these families".

But James, in his seventh consecutive playoff series and eighth overall, fell to 3-5 in the championship round.

"As far as that team, they're going to be here for a while", James said.

"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", Kerr said.

LeBron James' triple-double average, a first in NBA Finals history, isn't enough to win another title for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

That pushed Golden State to add Durant as a free agent last July and the results have been devastating.

Cleveland got off to a fast start and built a 41-33 lead on a dunk by James early in the second quarter.

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