As the clock expired, 19,596 hands went up in the air. The scoreboard seemed to shine a little bit brighter, WARRIORS 104 – ROCKETS 90. The Golden State Warriors were headed to the NBA Finals for the first time in 40 years.
The Bay Area had been ready for this moment for a long time, the way that someone wandering the desert is ready for water. Long known as one of the most loyal fanbases in the NBA, the Warriors faithful cheered and high-fived their hearts out in Oakland. With stifling defense and a steady rain of 3-pointers, the Warriors had come out of a ludicrously deep Western Conference. Led by MVP Stephen Curry, the team now had the chance to play for the NBA Championship, and a chance at basketball immortality. After years of mediocrity, a loyal fan base was being rewarded on the ultimate stage.