The Golden State Warriors beat the Boston Celtics 103-90 on Thursday to win the NBA Finals in six games and claim their fourth title in eight years under Steve Kerr.
The Warriors reclaimed the Larry O’Brien Cup 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 by the playoffs in 2020 and 2021.
Stephen Curry won his first MVP award at the Finals. This title eluded him during the previous three warrior conquests. It was won by Andre Iguodala in 2015 and by Kevin Durant in 2017 and 2018.
Curry finally won the MVP award at the Finals
The Warriors are champions again, after just two seasons showing the worst record in the NBA.
“We found a way to do it,” Curry said in an interview. ESPN After the game. I am very proud of our group. After everything we’ve been through for the past three years…
At the beginning of the year, no one believed in us. It’s surreal. We got to the final five times in a row and won three times, but we hit rock bottom with injuries. It was a long way back here. You shouldn’t take anything for granted, you never know when you’ll have the chance to play again in the final. Going back to the final and being successful in winning means a lot. »
The Celtics took an early 14-2 lead, but the Warriors hit back by scoring 21 consecutive points late in the first quarter and early in the second quarter and never looked back.
The Celtics came eight points away from the Warriors in the fourth quarter (86-78), but the Golden State’s timely baskets and costly turnovers from Boston hampered the comeback.
Curry led the team with 34 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. Andrew Wiggins added 18 points, six rebounds, five assists, four possessions and three blocks, Draymond Green added 12 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists, and Jordan Paul contributed 15 points from the bench. Klay Thompson was limited to 12 points, scoring only five out of 20 attempts (2 vs. 8 from downtown).
Thompson, who missed the 2019-20 and 2020-20 seasons through injury, was particularly emotional after the match.
Thompson said on a microphoneESPN. It feels good to be back at this point. I am now in seventh heaven.
“I received support from my brothers [lorsque je me remettais de mes blessures]. There were hard days and tears rolled down. Steven [Curry] Bear with me too much, you guys are like Draymond [Green] and Andrew [Iguodala] Moreover. I knew it was possible to go back to the top, but it’s crazy to live it. »
Jaelyn Brown led the Celtics with 34 points and seven rebounds, while Jason Tatum scored 13 points and made seven assists. The Celtics star scored only two points in the second half.
Alhorford scored 19 points, had 14 rebounds and made four of five three-pointers. Robert Williams stood out in defense with five blocks. He added 10 points and seven rebounds.
For Golden State coach Steve Kerr, this is his ninth tournament after winning five times as a player. He is the sixth coach to win four titles, joining Phil Jackson, Reed Auerbach, John Kondla, Greg Popovich and Pat Riley.
It is only the fifth loss in 22 games in Boston’s last series. The Celtics were 25-25 after 50 games and then had a real blast to reach the finals and almost won what would have been their second franchise championship since 1986. Boston could have won their 18th title to outlast the Lakers. Ranked number one in the NBA. Date.
Almost warriors from start to finish
The Celtics started the game strong, as one would expect from a team facing elimination in the finals.
Brown fired a three-point field goal and 28 seconds later, Tatum capped a 10-point shot with a shot from outside the arc to give the Celtics a 12-2 lead.
However, other warriors had witnessed over the years and recovered quietly. They quietly approached before ending the first quarter with a 27-22 lead, after 11 consecutive points.
Visitors kept on the accelerator at the start of the second quarter. Paul had two three-pointers and Wiggins put the final touch on a dunk that extended the lead to 37-22.
The Warriors’ 21-point streak has been the longest in the NBA Finals in the past 50 years.
The hosts closed the gap to eight thanks to Robert Williams’ third throw, but Steve Kerr’s men restarted the machine to dominate the Celtics 15-8 in the final six minutes to return to the locker room with a 54-39 lead.
The Warriors found a way to distance themselves from their opponents in the third quarter with three-point shots. They had six, three of which came from Carrie’s right hand.
It was also the reason for the Celtics’ comeback in the third quarter. The Warriors missed four shots from the ocean and the Boston team managed to finish the last six minutes with a 16-4 streak.
The Warriors, who led 76-66 early in the final quarter, wanted to seal the match defensively and held their lead by more than 10 points for most of the past 12 minutes to confirm their title.
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