The Golden State Warriors beat the Boston Celtics to claim their fourth NBA title in eight years and first since 2018.
The Warriors won 103-90 in game six in Boston to clinch the series 4-2.
Having finished 2019-20 with a dire 15-50 record, they are also the first team to go from the league’s worst side to a championship in two years.
Stephen Curry, twice the most valuable player in the regular season, was NBA Finals MVP for the first time.
The 34-year-old point guard averaged 31.2 points in the six games and scored 34 points in Thursday’s win, adding seven assists and seven rebounds.
Andrew Wiggins scored 18 points and Jordan Poole 15 as Golden State won the NBA championship for the first time in four years.
They also won the title in 2015, 2017 and 2018, but lost the 2016 and 2019 finals before missing out on the play-offs in the past two seasons while rebuilding their squad.
Kevin Durant left the San Francisco-based franchise as a free agent in 2019, while Curry and Klay Thompson – who scored 12 points on Thursday – were injured during the 2019-20 season.
The duo, along with key defensive player Draymond Green, have played a key role in their four title wins.
“We found a way to just get it done,” said Curry, who was the seventh overall draft pick by the Warriors in 2009.
“You always have a doubt, but you know how long the road is to get back here because of how hard it is to win at this level.”