For the fourth time in the last eight years, the Golden State Warriors are NBA champions after coming away with a 103-90 victory over the Boston Celtics in Game 6 of the NBA Finals at TD Garden on Thursday night. After falling behind 14-2 to start the game, the Warriors ultimately took control of things thanks to a 30-8 run that stretched from the end of the first quarter into the second.
While the Celtics were ultimately able to cut the deficit to single digits in the fourth quarter, Stephen Curry and the Warriors were not going to be denied another championship as they seemingly had an answer for every run Boston made down the stretch. In the end, Curry, once again, led the way for Golden State on the offensive end finishing the series-clinching win with a team-high 34 points, seven rebounds and seven assists adding yet another chapter to his already storied career. The rest of the Warriors offered Curry plenty of help as Andrew Wiggins, Jordan Poole, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson all scored in double figures as well.
On the other end, the Celtics were led by Jaylen Brown who did all he could with 34 points, seven rebounds and three assists but, unfortunately for Boston fans, it wasn’t enough to extend their season one more game. Going forward, the Celtics’ front office will need to figure out a way to push this group over the hump but tonight is all about the Warriors extending their dynasty.
Curry joins elite club with Finals MVP
Steph Curry finally got his hands on the Finals MVP trophy, and in the process joined an elite club. He’s now just the sixth player in NBA history to have four titles, multiple MVPs and a Finals MVP. The others are LeBron James, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Tim Duncan. Pretty good company
Curry unanimous Finals MVP
Curry clearly deserved the Finals MVP this year, as he averaged 31.2 points, six rebounds and five assists, while shooting 48 percent from the field and 41.8 percent from 3-point land. But after the 2015 debacle that is still talked about to this day, no voter wanted to be bold or take a chance. Curry received all 11 votes and was named Finals MVP in unanimous fashion.
Warriors first team to beat Celtics in Finals besides the Lakers
The Warriors made all sorts of history on Thursday, including becoming the first team other than the Los Angeles Lakers to beat the Boston Celtics in the Finals. Prior to this series, the Celtics were 17-3 in Finals appearances, and had only lost to the Lakers in 1985, 1987 and 2010.