Warriors vs. Celtics score, takeaways: Stephen Curry leads Golden State to fourth NBA title in eight years

The Golden State Warriors are NBA champions for the fourth time in the last eight years after clinching a 103-90 win over the Boston Celtics in Game 6 of the NBA Finals at TD Garden on Thursday night. After falling 14-2 early in the game, the Warriors finally took control thanks to a 30-8 run that stretched from the end of the first quarter into the second.

While the Celtics eventually managed to get the deficit down to single digits in the fourth quarter, Stephen Curry and the Warriors weren’t denied another championship as they seemed to have an answer for every run Boston made on the track. In the end, Curry once again led the way for Golden State on offense. He finished winning the series with a team-best 34 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, adding another chapter to his already legendary career. The rest of the Warriors offered Curry plenty of help as Andrew Wiggins, Jordan Poole, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson also scored in double digits.

On the other side, the Celtics were led by Jaylen Brown, who gave everything he could with 34 points, seven rebounds and three assists, but unfortunately it wasn’t enough for the Boston fans to add another game to their season. Going forward, the Celtics front office will have to find a way to push this group over the hump, but tonight is all about the Warriors extending their dynasty.

1. Curry conquers elusive Finals MVP

It was no surprise when Curry’s name was mentioned as that Winner of the Bill Russell Finals MVP Award. It was even less surprising that he was a unanimous selection to win it. That’s exactly the dominant performance Curry has put on in the six-game streak. His 43-point breakout in Game 4 is the only reason the Warriors managed to carve out a win and tie the streak again at two games apiece. If it weren’t for every bucket he’s made this game, the Warriors would probably go down 3-1 this series, and we’re in a very different position today.

For most of the series, the Warriors struggled to get consistent performance out of the likes of Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Jordan Poole, but Curry remained a constant through every win and loss. It’s not just his goal that propelled the Warriors to a title, but the pull he has whenever he’s on the ground is what makes him so dangerous. Because he’s lethal as soon as he crosses half the pitch, he draws so much attention from defense, opening up scoring chances from other players on the ground. It forced the Celtics to make difficult defensive decisions throughout the series, whether to double Curry or play straight, show drop coverage in pick-and-rolls, or fight across the top of the screens. All this confusion resulted in buckets for curry and his teammates.

Although Curry was the obvious choice for the award, his win is an important moment as it’s his first Finals MVP of his career. Though the future Hall of Famer inductee has two regular-season MVP awards and now four championships under his belt, he never won the Finals MVP for any of the last three rings the Warriors have won. Andre Iguodala won the honor back in 2015, while Kevin Durant won it in back-to-back years in 2017 and 2018.

But this time it was all Currys, hands down, and he capped it with a signature performance in Game 6, where he hit 6 of 11 from the deep en route to a night of 34 points, seven assists and seven rebounds. It was the fourth time in this series that Curry has scored over 30 points, and it puts him at 32.5 career points per game in title-winning games. That’s second all-time in NBA history in closeout title games, behind only Michael Jordan. per ESPN stats and info.

2. Warriors have shown what a fearsome team they can be

Although the Warriors blew up the Celtics in Game 2 of this series, we’ve really never seen the Warriors’ version that can simply punish their opponent into submission in this series. We saw that multiple times in the Western Conference Finals against the Mavericks and in the first round against the Denver Nuggets, but the Celtics mostly held their own against this strong Warriors team.

That was until Thursday evening. Except for six minutes into Game 6, the Warriors produced a masterpiece at both ends of the floor to overtake the Celtics. At one point in the second quarter, Golden State went on a 21-0 run completely changing the momentum of the game. It gave the Warriors a 15-point lead, and they never looked back from that point. That run also happened to be the longest run in a Finals game in the league’s past 50 years. The highlight so far has been a 20-0 run… also by the Warriors during the 2019 Finals against the Raptors.

That 21-0 run embodied this dynastic Warriors team. A team proud of the mantra “strength in numbers”. It wasn’t just Curry going to work that started this run. Five different Warriors players scored buckets during that run to dizzy the Celtics. It’s that kind of depth and selflessness with the ball that makes this Warriors team so hard to beat, and it showed in Game 6.

3. Celtics couldn’t avoid each other…again

If you want to look at a stat to see why the Celtics lost that game, look at the fact that they turned the ball over 22 times. For context, in the two games Boston won in that series, it averaged 12 turnovers in those matchups. In the three losses before this one, there were an average of 17 turnovers per game. While some teams can break these trends, the Celtics were not among them in this series. The worst part is the fact that many of their turnovers are unforced errors where guys like Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum just carelessly handled the ball while driving to the rim or panicked when the defense has shown them pressure.

Sales aside, however, the Celtics really struggled to respond to the Warriors’ runs until the fourth quarter, when it was a bit late. Tatum scored just three points in the second half after scoring 11 in the first, Smart walked just 4 of 12 from the field for nine points and their bench had just six points overall. Brown was the only Celtics player who really had it tonight, but his 34 points alone were nowhere near enough to get past a Warriors team playing their best basketball at the right time.

Though this will be a tough pill in the offseason, the Celtics will be back in the mix of championship contenders next season. This was a team that caught fire at the right time in the second half of the season, overcoming numerous adversities during the playoffs to get here. Although it wasn’t the result they wanted, this experience will only help them better prepare for next season.

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