Golden State joins NBA royalties

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — With Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant setting the pace, the Golden State Warriors secured their place among the all-time iconic NBA champions Friday with their third title in four seasons.
Golden State’s 108-85 rout over the host Cleveland Cavaliers gave the Warriors back-to-back crowns and six in club history, matching Michael Jordan’s 1990s Chicago Bulls for third on the all-time championships list.
Only Cleveland’s rally from 3-1 down to beat the Warriors in 2016, the greatest comeback in NBA Finals history, kept it from being four in a row, a feat only seen in the Boston Celtics’ 1959-1966 title run.
Three titles in four years still puts Golden State in rarified company: the 1950s Minneapolis Lakers, Boston’s 1960s dynasty, the 1980s Magic Johnson “Showtime” Los Angeles Lakers who had five titles and three runner-up efforts in the 1980s, Jordan’s Bulls and the Kobe Bryant-led Lakers teams that won five titles and lost two other finals from 2000-2010.
Curry took a modest tone when asked about his team’s place among the all-time greats.
“Not for me to answer that question,” Curry said. “I just know what we’ve been able to accomplish is really meaningful and something that not many players have been able to experience.
“So wherever that puts us in the conversation in the history of the NBA or titles around dynasty and all that type of stuff.”

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