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Warriors’ Group Mentality Makes Title a True Team Celebration

Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (30), Draymond Green (23) and Klay Thompson (11) celebrate after defeating the Oklahoma City Thunder in an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. Golden State won 91-86. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30), Draymond Green (23) and Klay Thompson (11) celebrate after defeating the Oklahoma City Thunder in an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

 

CLEVELAND (USA Today) – The room inside this downtown steakhouse was nearly empty. The revelry had come to an end.

Not long before, the Golden State Warriors had done their best to soak it all in. Their championship. Their journey. Their place in NBA history. Players, coaches, owners, executives and staffers alike just kept hugging one another, shaking their heads and sharing stories about the part that each of them played.

From the bar to the dance floor to the booth in the middle where Finals MVP Andre Iguodala had sat for so long with his family while reflecting on their magical season, this tight-knit group was packed into the private party at Morton’s restaurant on West Second Street. It was hot, but no one cared. No one was sweating more than the Warriors’ three-foot tall ice statue that was the centerpiece of their celebration.

“Strength in Numbers,” their familiar motto read in blue and gold.

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