PHOTOS: Warriors return home as NBA champs

OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) -- The Golden State Warriors are back in the Bay Area as NBA champions for the first time in 40 years.

With more than 100 team employees in yellow and blue shirts cheering them outside a private terminal, the Dubs were welcomed back to Oakland on Wednesday with the Larry O'Brien Trophy in hand. The team spent Tuesday night in Cleveland - though they didn't really sleep - after beating LeBron James and the Cavaliers 105-97 in the Game 6 clincher.

Regular-season MVP Stephen Curry came off the plane first, lifting the gold title trophy as he walked down the stairs. NBA Finals MVP Andre Iguodala held up his award, and players high-fived and hugged employees as they entered the terminal.

A victory parade and rally will kick off Friday at 10 a.m. The route will take the team from Broadway and 11th streets through Uptown Oakland to Lake Merritt, ending with a rally at the Kaiser Convention Center. Fans can line up for the rally as early as 5 a.m. at Lakeshore and 12th Street.

ABC7 has been proud to be your NBA Finals station, and count on us to continue bringing you your best coverage of the parade and rally. We'll have crews stationed all along the route and will be live streaming all the fun on Click here for the parade route details and changes to mass transit. Click here for full coverage on the Warriors.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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