After battling for the playoffs two straight years, the Golden State Warriors rallied to beat the Boston Celtics in Game 6 on June 16 at TD Garden and their fourth NBA title since 2015 by a final score of 103-90 to win. It didn’t have to go to Game 7, but the encounter between these two teams during this series was intense.
The Celtics won Game 1 by a score of 120-108, the Warriors won Game 2 by a score of 107-88, the Celtics won Game 3 by a score of 116-100, and the Warriors won Games 4 and 5 by scores of 107-97 and 104-94.
Golden State point guard Stephen Curry was unanimously named Finals MVP after his performance in the Finals. This marked the first time in his 13-year career that he was named Bill Russell NBA Finals MVP. Curry led the team with 34 points, a key factor in their success this season.
The Warriors have won four NBA titles since 2015, and Curry is just one of three players to have been around since the beginning of their “dynasty.” Shooting guard Klay Thompson and forward Draymond Green join Curry in the trio, all drafted by Golden State who would become a “legendary trio”.
Another player who deserves recognition after winning the Golden State is forward Juan Toscano-Anderson, who became the first player of Mexican descent to win an NBA title. While Toscano-Anderson didn’t actually have any playing time, making history while getting a ring is an accomplishment bigger than an NBA title.
The Warriors got off to a slow start as they allowed Boston to take an early 14-2 lead early in the first quarter. However, after a 3-pointer from Warriors guard Andrew Wiggins, sparks flew and the Warriors began to lose the lead. At the end of the first quarter, the Warriors led the Celtics 27-22.
The Warriors scored 27 points in the second quarter, with Thompson, Wiggins and Curry each scoring 7 points to add to the Warriors’ success. The Warriors completed several runs that resulted in them gaining a large lead over the Celtics with a score of 54-39 before halftime.
In the third quarter, the Celtics slowly tried to edge away the Warriors’ lead, but it wasn’t enough as the Warriors maintained a 76-66 lead going into the fourth quarter.
In the fourth quarter, Golden State continued to dominate, accumulating points to seal the win over the Celtics. You could run down the clock you could see tears in Curry’s eyes as they realized the Warriors had won another NBA title with a final score of 103-90.
The Celtics fought hard to reach the Finals after beating the Miami Heat in 7 games but failed to reply to the Warriors after Game 3. The Warriors continue to be a dominant team with a bright future.
“I’m just grateful to be here,” Thompson said in a post-game interview. “I knew it was a possibility, but seeing it in real time, holy cannoli, that’s insane.”
This is Golden State Head Coach Steve Kerr’s ninth championship, he won three with the Chicago Bulls (1996-1998), two with the San Antonio Spurs (1999, 2003) and now four with the Warriors (2015, 2017, 2018) . 2022).
With their seventh championship, the Warriors officially overtook the Bulls for their third-best finish ever.
Statistics are provided using ESPN.
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