After a crushing Game 7 loss ended last season, the Golden State Warriors are once again NBA Champions. The team clinched the title Monday night after defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. While the confetti fell and the champagne was sprayed at Oracle Arena, fans filled the streets of downtown Oakland to celebrate their team's latest triumph — the Warriors' second championship in three seasons.
The revelry was relatively peaceful. OPD reported that one car was damaged when fans jumped on top of it on the 1600 block of Telegraph Ave. There were also reports of fireworks and celebratory gunfire throughout the city. In East Oakland, roughly 500 people celebrated at a large sideshow. OPD reported they had issued over 40 citations and towed more than 30 cars.
Shortly after raising the championship trophy, the team and Oakland officials announced that the victory parade will take place this Thursday, June 15 in downtown Oakland, starting at 10 a.m. If you want a good spot along the parade route, plan ahead and get there early. If you're curious, this is what 2015's celebration looked like.
And here's some of what last night's impromptu celebration looked like.
NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant got into the fun with Warriors fans on his way out of Oracle Arena when he got out of his (very fancy) car to share the team's new hardware with DubNation faithful.