On Thursday, the Golden State Warriors beat the Boston Celtics 103-90 to win the NBA Finals in six games and clinch their fourth championship in eight years under Steve Kerr.
The Warriors recapture the Larry O’Brien Trophy after winning three titles in four seasons from 2015 to 2018. They lost in the finals to the Toronto Raptors in 2019 and were eliminated from the playoffs in 2020 and 2021.
Stephen Curry won his first finals MVP award. This title had eluded him during the previous three conquests of the Warriors. Andre Iguodala won it in 2015 and Kevin Durant beat him in 2017 and 2018.
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The Warriors are back as champions, just two seasons after showing the worst record in the NBA.
“We found a way to do it,” Curry said in an interview with ESPN after the match. I am so proud of our group. After everything we’ve been through for the past three years …
“At the beginning of the year nobody believed in us. It is surreal. We reached the final five times in a row and won three times, but we hit rock bottom with injuries. It has been a long way to get back here. You should never take anything for granted, you never know when you will have the chance to play in the final again. Getting back to the final and being able to win means a lot. “
The Celtics took a 14-2 lead at the start, but the Warriors responded by scoring 21 consecutive points at the end of the first quarter and the start of the second and never looked back.
The Celtics came within eight points of the Warriors in the fourth quarter (86-78), but Golden State’s timely baskets and costly Boston turnovers held back the comeback.
Curry led the team with 34 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. Andrew Wiggins added 18 points, six rebounds, five assists, four steals and three blocks, Draymond Green 12 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists, and Jordan Poole contributed 15 points off the bench. Klay Thompson was capped at 12 points, hitting just five of 20 attempts (2 of 8 from center).
Thompson, who missed all 2019-20 and 2020-21 seasons through injury, was particularly emotional after the match.
“It was killing me watching the Finals and the Playoffs for the past two seasons,” Thompson told the microphone ofESPN. It’s nice to be back on this stage. I’m over the moon right now.
“I had the support of my brothers [lorsque je me remettais de mes blessures]. These were difficult days and tears fell. Stephen [Curry] put up with me a lot, guys like Draymond [Green] and Andrea [Iguodala] also, as well. I knew it was a chance to get back on top, but it’s crazy to live it. “
Jaylen Brown led the Celtics with 34 points and seven rebounds while Jayson Tatum scored 13 points and seven assists. The Celtics star scored just two points in the second half.
Al Horford scored 19 points and 14 rebounds and scored four of five from 3 points. Robert Williams stood out in defense with five blocks. He added 10 points and seven rebounds.
For Golden State manager Steve Kerr, this is his ninth league title having won five as a player. He is the sixth manager to win four titles, joining Phil Jackson, Red Auerbach, John Kundla, Gregg Popovich and Pat Riley.
It is only the fifth defeat in 22 appearances in the final series for Boston. The Celtics were 25-25 after 50 games, then had a real blast to reach the finals and nearly win what would be the franchise’s second championship since 1986. Boston could have won an 18th title by beating the Lakers. history.
The Warriors almost from start to finish
The Celtics started the game well, as one would expect from a team in the final that is in danger of elimination.
Brown fired a three-point field goal and 28 seconds later, Tatum scored a 10-point drive even hitting a shot from over the arc to give the Celtics a 12-2 lead.
The Warriors, on the other hand, have seen others over the years and have recovered calmly. They approached in silence before ending the first quarter with a 27-22 lead after a streak of 11 points.
The guests kept their foot on the gas at the start of the second quarter. Poole scored two triples and Wiggins put the finishing touches on a dunk that brought the lead to 37-22.
The Warriors’ 21-point streak was the longest in the NBA Finals in the past 50 years.
The hosts narrowed the gap to eight points thanks to a dunk from Robert Williams III, but Steve Kerr’s men restarted the car to dominate the Celtics 15-8 in the final six minutes to return to the locker room with a 54- lead. 39.
It was with three-pointers that the Warriors found a way to distance themselves from their opponents in the third quarter. They had six, three of which came from Curry’s right hand.
It was also the cause of the Celtics comeback in the third quarter. The Warriors missed four shots from the perimeter and the Boston team was able to finish the last six minutes with a score of 16-4.
Leading 76-66 at the start of the final quarter, the Warriors wanted to strengthen the game defensively and have maintained a lead of over 10 points for most of the last 12 minutes to confirm their title.
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