After two straight years of playoff attempts, the Golden State Warriors teamed up to beat the Boston Celtics in Game 6 on June 16 at the TD Garden to win their fourth NBA title since 2015 with a final score of 103–90. Although it was not necessary to move on to Game 7, the matchup between the two teams in this series was a tight one.
The Celtics won Game 1 120-108, the Warriors won Game 2 107-88, the Celtics won Game 3 116-100, and the Warriors won Game 4 and Game 5 107-97 and 104-94.
Golden State point guard Stephen Curry was unanimously named Finals MVP after his performance in the Finals. It was the first time in his 13-season career that he was honored with the Bill Russell title in the NBA Finals. 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 born since the beginning of their dynasty. Shooting guard Klay Thompson and forward Draymond Green joined Curry as a trio that was selected by the Golden State and remained a “legendary trio”.
Another player who earned recognition after winning 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 playing time, it’s more than an NBA title to make history and get the ring at the same time.
The Warriors had a slow start as they allowed Boston to take a 14–2 lead early in the first quarter. However, after a 3-pointer from Warriors defenseman Andrew Wiggins, a spark flared up and the Warriors began to lose the lead. By the end of the first quarter, the Warriors had a 27–22 lead over the Celtics.
The Warriors managed 27 points in the second quarter, with Thompson, Wiggins and Curry scoring 7 points each, contributing to the Warriors’ success. The Warriors made several tries, resulting in a significant lead over the Celtics, 54–39, before halftime.
In the third quarter, the Celtics slowly tried to cut the lead the Warriors had, but it was not enough as the Warriors maintained a 76–66 lead in the fourth quarter.
In the fourth quarter, Golden State continued to dominate and score points, sealing the victory over the Celtics. They were able to shorten the time, you could see the tears rolling from Curry’s eyes at the realization that the Warriors won another NBA title with a final score of 103-90.
The Celtics struggled to reach the Finals after defeating the Miami Heat in 7 games, but were unable to answer the Warriors after Game 3. The Warriors continue to be a dominant team with a big future.
“I’m just grateful to be here,” Thompson said in a post-match interview. “I knew it was possible, but seeing it in real time holy cannoli is crazy.”
This is the ninth championship title for Golden State head coach Steve Kerr: he played three times for the Chicago Bulls (1996-1998), two for 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 third all-time.
Stats courtesy of ESPN.
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