On Friday night, the Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 108-85 to capture their third NBA championship in four years. The Warriors join a championship fraternity that extends to the NFL. Only two NFL teams have won three championships in four seasons (since the AFL-NFL merger) -- the '90s Cowboys and early 2000s Patriots.
The NFL's Media Research Group found some other similarities between the Warriors' current dynasty and the aforementioned gridiron dynasties:
Similarities to the '90s Cowboys:
-Warriors: Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green
-Cowboys: Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, Michael Irvin
Superstar free agent signing:
-Warriors: Signed Kevin Durant in 2016, won the next two NBA Finals (2017 and 2018).
Similarities to the early 2000s Patriots:
Ended long title droughts:
-Prior to the 2014-15 season, the Warriors had not won an NBA Finals since 1974-75 (prior to 1976 NBA-ABA merger).
Failed to win championship after greatest regular season in history:
-Warriors: 73-9 in 2015-16, lost NBA Finals to Cavaliers after leading the series 3-1.