Sideshows, bonfires, fireworks, and lots of forty-ounce bottles: The streets of Oakland and San Francisco were booming, screaming, and on fire Monday night following the Warriors' 129-120 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals made all the sweeter because it was the first time a Bay Area team had won a championship at home, as opposed to on the road, in 43 years. And it was the second time the Warriors had trounced the Cavs in three seasons, each beating the other on their home turf once.
The CHP reported at least 1500 people gathered in downtown Oakland around 14th and Broadway, and a parallel celebration was going on in East Oakland along International Boulevard, with helicopters capturing sideshows and plenty of illegal fireworks. KRON 4 reports on people climbing lampposts and tossing bottles into the street as well.
One unfortunate reveler, suspected of driving drunk, plowed into an Oakland motorcycle cop around 11:30 p.m. on International Boulevard, as KRON 4 reports. The cop was injured but is in stable condition.
Here were some fireworks and partying in the Mission last night:
From the mission pic.twitter.com/m1m7A6EAs2— Erik T (@vatzhizname) June 13, 2017
The tweet below from the CHP shows the homegrown fireworks going off in the streets of downtown Oakland.
On his way out of Oracle Arena last night, as the Chronicle reports, Kevin Durant hopped out of his limo to let fans cheer him, holding his trophy in the air as they shouted "MVP! MVP!"
Kevin Durant leaving Oracle with his Finals MVP trophy just now. Quite the scene pic.twitter.com/ja8Mtyaxiu— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) June 13, 2017
CBS 5 has some footage and photos from the Warriors' own official afterparty at Harlot nightclub in San Francisco, where the Moet & Chandon flowed.
How sweet it is...