OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — 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 Warriors 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 championship parade is planned Friday in downtown Oakland.