One tradition that spans athletes of just about every creed, color, and sport—drunk victory celebrations.
After donning an Austin 3:16 shirt, the big man out of UCLA celebrated his first NBA championship by emptying two cans of beer on his bearded face before yet another embrace with LeBron James.
While LeBron and Kyrie Irving combined for 53 points to complete the first ever comeback from a 3-1 deficit in the Finals, Love led the team in rebounding in Game 7, snatching 14 boards to go with nine points, three assists, and two steals.
"I just wanted to go in there and be aggressive, especially on the offensive glass and the defensive glass. I said if anything I'll be able to clean up as much as I can, force them into one-shot possessions, try to give us extra possessions. I was able to have some success with that. So early on, I wanted to almost impose my will. Second half I thought we played harder and made it a two- or three-minute game in the end and we ultimately were able to get stops when we needed to. Kyrie hit that big three as I mentioned and we went up four and that was it."
Never known for defensive prowess, Love played outstanding defense on Stephen Curry after a switch in the final minute to protect a three-point lead.
"I knew it was a big possession for us. I knew if we were able to get the stop then it was going to put us in a great position to win the game," Love said when asked about the defensive stand. "When I switched out on him Tristan Thompson had done such a great job the entire series, (Richard Jefferson) as well, anybody that really switched up onto Steph. We held him and Klay (Thompson) to what 6-for-17 and 6-for-19. I felt like we did a great job on them tonight. So I had to do my part and this was a big possession for us and I was able to force a very tough contested shot."