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Tonight’s Game 6 of the NBA Finals will mark the end of an era for the Golden State Warriors. It’s the franchise’s final home game in Oakland, 50 years after it moved across San Francisco Bay in 1968.
It’s also a bittersweet ending for forward Kevin Durant, who has built quite a legacy of his own since joining the Warriors two seasons ago — winning a pair of NBA titles and two Finals MVP awards.
Durant won’t be in uniform tonight against the Toronto Raptors after tearing his right Achilles tendon Monday night in Game 5.
The team managed to pay tribute to both its city and its star forward by handing out souvenir towels to fans with the letters K and D highlighted in the word Oakland.
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Warriors players also wore Durant-themed shirts during warmup.
Whether the fans at Oracle Arena wave their towels in victory or use them to dry their tears in defeat, the Durant era will be fondly remembered as the Warriors conclude their tenure in Oakland and move back to San Francisco.