Steph Curry, Warriors beat Celtics, win NBA Finals

How does Dub Nation feel? The Golden State Warriors won the 2021-22 NBA Finals after defeating the Boston Celtics 103-90 in Game 6 of the series. On Boston’s home soil, the Warriors delivered a convincing series win en route to their first NBA title since 2018.

They have now won four championships in the past eight NBA seasons.

The Celtics took the lead early on. Supported by several Warriors turnovers, Boston turned his open gaze and took an early lead of 14:2. With their backs to the wall, it looked like the Celtics would put on an elite performance and be poised to force a Game 7.

But then the dubs hit back.

If there was a lesson from these 2022 NBA Finals, it was a reminder of how easily great starts can be erased. The Warriors tightened defense and quickly adjusted to a Celtics offense that was unusually focused on posting in the early minutes. Boston, in turn, got sloppy. They committed several ugly turnovers and started showing sloppy effort on the other end.

The Warriors didn’t shoot anyone out of the arena on Thursday. Klay Thompson made two difficult shots to get the ball rolling but once again it was the Dubs defence, led by an excellent Draymond Green, that helped them turn the tide.

Jordan Poole came on late in the first quarter and he was the best version of himself. He bent the Celtics’ defense to his will, which caused problems driving inside and made open threes as they came his way.

As the Dubs approached Boston, Draymond Green knocked down an open corner three. After another stop, Steph Curry landed a hard-fought shot of her own, and the Warriors led for the first time in the game. They had slashed a double-digit lead in less than a quarter and were on the verge of building one of their own.

Even with Curry on the bench early in the second quarter, Poole kept Golden State’s momentum going. The Warriors eventually put together a 21-0 run that spanned quarters and sapped all energy from the Celtics home crowd. Boston countered and briefly cut the lead to single digits, but the Warriors finished the half strong and finished the quarter with a 54-39 lead.

Celtics fans may have been trying to convince themselves that early foul troubles had kept their best players off the ground for longer than ideal in the first half. Well rested, a comeback was in sight.

But they had lost that streak long ago, with Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Jordan Poole battling their way through the first four games of the streak, but the Warriors still came out of the streak with a tie because of Steph’s height or when the Warriors drew despite Steph’s worst postseason performance was a crucial win in Game 5.

The biggest players only need the shortest flash of light at the end of the tunnel to unleash their deepest reservoirs of greatness. Curry was battered earlier in the series and looked clearly tired during his inefficient Game 5, but he was now just a half away from another title. As long as he made sure Golden State crossed the finish line.

That’s exactly what he did.

Boston’s desperation, coming from the half, left them plagued by errors on the defensive end, leaving Otto Porter Jr. uncontested for several three-pointers that quickly sapped them of any momentum. Then, with the Celtics barely clinging to life, Curry delivered what felt like a dagger.

To their credit, however, the Celtics kept their foot on the accelerator. After Curry’s impressive barrage, the dubs from the deep went cold. Boston began to break away from the lead, and an Al Horford and one took them into single digits before the end of the third quarter.

Despite the Warriors’ impressive runs, the Celtics refused to fold. Golden State only led 76-66 en route to the final quarter of regulation.

With Curry on the bench to start the fourth, the Warriors needed someone to step up offensively. Green had already delivered 10 points, including two made threes, but Draymond understandably didn’t call his own number. The Warriors’ offense wasn’t firing on all cylinders, but Poole scored four points and Gary Payton II struck once on alternates, enough to surpass Boston while Steph rested.

Steph returned with just over 8 minutes left in regulation with an 82-70 lead. He and Thompson both got straight looks from three, but neither converted.

But with her faltering offense, Green was a whirlwind on defense. It felt like every possession made Green lose a ball, block a shot, or stop someone transitioning. With a double-digit deficit, the Celtics needed more than a trickle offensively, but Green prevented that.

Jaylen Brown briefly cut the Warriors’ lead to 8, but when the Celtics countered with a double curry, Wiggins knocked down a three of his own. Quiet,

Curry finished the field 12-21 (6-11 from three) with 34 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and just 2 turnovers in nearly 40 minutes of action. While Curry has previously earned NBA Finals MVP honors, it’s fitting that he will win the honor this year in his best statistical performance in the NBA’s championship series.

Green was masterful himself. Though it was far from his best streak, Green played a crucial role in getting the Dubs across the finish line on Thursday. He recorded 12 points, 12 rebounds, 8 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks in one of his best performances of the season.

Poole was a crucial goalscorer off the bench, scoring 15 points on 12 shots. Wiggins continued his defensive dominance against Celtics star Jayson Tatum, amassing 4 steals, 3 blocks, 18 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Thompson didn’t live up to the legend of “Game 6 Klay,” battling 5-on-20 from the field with 12 points. Payton played a big part in making amends for Thompson’s struggles, delivering his usual exceptional outside defense.

Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala have now won all four NBA titles in their careers. Kevon Looney has now won three championships. The rest of the squad gets their first career rings for being part of this team.

As the Warriors organization shifts its focus to the off-season, Golden State of Mind will be there to cover every step of the way. But for now, let’s enjoy this amazing season of Golden State Warriors basketball.

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