NBA finals from the Mission: Fans celebrate with bonfire in the street

11:11 PM, Skaters do tricks over the fire. Photo by Lola M. Chavez

(Earlier from the bars: Dubs fill the bars, take the trophy)

12:05 

After earlier confrontations with officers who fired what appeared to be rubber bullets and announced over loudspeakers that anyone remaining in the street would be arrested Mission Street near 22nd Street has calmed down, though officers continued to move revelers along 22nd Street toward Valencia Street.

12:03 AM, riot cops push fans back 22nd street towards Valencia. Photo by Lola M. Chavez

11:50 p.m.

Police have apparently fired rubber bullets into the crowd. One woman, who requested not to be photographed, bled from an injury on her face. A police projectile appeared to have ricocheted off a wall and hit her.

One of the rubber bullets. Photo by Lola M. Chavez

11:45 p.m.

Dozens of officers wearing helmets and armed with batons are gathering on Mission Street near 22nd Street. Other officers move through in vehicles, announcing over loudspeakers that anyone remaining in the street would be subject to arrest.

People respond by throwing bottles, which shatter on the street. In the crowd, an old man is punched and knocked to the ground.

Mission Street near 22nd. Photo by Laura Waxmann

Mission Street near 22nd. Photo by Laura Waxmann

Mission Street near 22nd. Photo by Laura Waxmann

11:05 PM, the crowd still celebrates in front of Vida Apartments and Mission Theater. Photo by Lola M. Chavez

The warnings to disperse leave some fans unfazed – they continue dancing in the street and filming.

11:29 PM, riot cops make their first moves to disperse the crowd on 22nd and Mission Streets. Photo by Lola M. Chavez

11:17 PM, a fan poses on 22nd and Mission streets. Photo by Lola M. Chavez

11:15 p.m.

At 22nd Street, someone has lit a bonfire. Fans are chanting “Warriors!”

Police move in on the scene, and a confrontation ensues, but officers retreated in a hail of glass.

11:02 PM, bonfire. Photo by Lola M. Chavez

11:03 PM, adding fuel to the fire. Photo by Lola M. Chavez

10:47 p.m. 

16th Street has been reopened to traffic, but fans remain on the sidewalks, in the bars, or waiting for a burrito.

“Last year was definitely heartbreaking, so I think this year is redemption. And validation for Kevin Durant that he made the right decision to come here,” said fan Lance Dwyer. “The Cavs were coming back a little bit, and definitely LeBron even though he was tired, he was scoring like, at will, it seemed like. But the Warriors kept answering.”

At 19th and Mission Streets at 10:30 p.m.. Laura Waxmann

Farther South on Mission street, the revelry continued.

Photo by Laura Waxmann

10:38 pm.

On 16th Street, police rolled through in an unmarked car and blared their siren at a small group of people who had made their way back onto the street.

The police car is booed by Warriors fans on the sidewalk. Another car follows, not police this time, and the driver does donuts at the intersection to cheers from the fans.

When police return and surround the driver who had been doing the donuts, tensions rise briefly. “Don’t shoot him” a few shout at the cops.

A separate argument at the same intersection, possibly a couple fighting, results in police tackling a man and putting him in their cruiser.

10:30 p.m.

At 22nd and Mission streets, the traffic is blocked off and the crowds are still big, celebrating with fireworks.

Lance Dwyer. Photo by Laura Wenus

Photo by Laura Waxmann

10:22 p.m. 

The party has cleared off of 16th street and moved onto the sidewalks, put police are still blocking the traffic between Valencia and Guerrero.

9:50 p.m.

On 16th Street.

9:43 p.m.
“Fuck LeBron,” chants on 16th Street. Firecrackers on Albion.

Photo by Lola M. Chavez

16th Street. Photo by Lola M. Chavez

16th Street. Photo by Lola M. Chavez

At 24th Street the party rages on.

9:39 pm.
Police on motorcycles are booed by the crowd at 24th and Mission streets.

Photo by Laura Waxmann

9:35 p.m. 

The Muni 22 can’t get through and 16th Street is shut down from Guerrero to Valencia.

Some cheering at Mission and 16th but the party is mid-block 16th between Valencia and Guerrero Streets.
You can hear the noise nearly a block away. There is a throng of 100 people and the police are blocking car traffic from turning onto 16th from Valencia toward Guerrero. There are probably 200 people now at 16th and Albion Streets.


9:28 p.m.

A Google bus is stopped by Warriors fans at 24th street.

Photo by Laura Waxmann

Photo by Laura Waxmann

Photo by Laura Waxmann

And at Capp and 24th, the earth moved – or at least a tree fell. Who knows if it was the wind or the Warriors victory.

Photo by George Lipp

9:24 p.m. and 24th Street is exploding. 

8:44 p.m. Victory!

It’s been noisy all night at the bars, but winning?

Photo by Lola M. Chavez

From Napper Tandy:

Minutes before: At a last minute save the bar erupts at Casanova. It’s looking great but the tension is insane. When the clock runs out? A raucous countdown and a massive cheer fills the bar, and “We are the champions” plays on the speakers.

“My family is form Oklahoma,  and they are pissed at me,” says Jonathan Crawford, celebrating on 24th Street. “But I’m Bay Area. For life.”

“I’m so elated.  The pain was worth it,” says fan Adriana

People on the streets love this team.

“I knew that with Steph Curry and Kevin Durant on the same team…there was no way they would lose. Add Klay Thompson .. you got a winning team,” said Chris Trelles.

“I feel the energy, that’s what the Warriors bring, cause they’re such an upbeat team,” says Chika Emeka outside Giordano’s on 16th Street. “We knew they were gonna win.”

How did she know?

“Because KD’s on the team!”

For Herbert Molina the turnaround made the night.

“It feels great, it’s unbelievable just because of what happened last year…Just coming back here revisiting that again and, being from here, it’s an honor just witnessing history again,” he said. “Everybody is already connected to the team, and they’re moving here in two years so I guess that connection, it’s just there.”

Already, there are predictions about what the night will hold.

“In 20 minutes there will be a riot on Mission street!” said Kerry

But first, some high fives.

“Redemption!” yells one fan outside Giordano Bros. on 16th Street.

At Delirium, people are on the tables.

One woman hugs our reporter, who was wearing a Klay Thompson jersey. “She hugged me and called me Klay.”

This does mark the end of the finals, however.

“It’s over,” remarks John. “Now I have to wait a whole year for basketball. It’s bullshit, I wanted Game 7.”

Says the bartender at Napper Tandy: “Best moment of the night? Closing up!”

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