A staggering performance from Stephen Curry propelled the Golden State Warriors to a seventh NBA Finals crown on Thursday, securing a 103-90 victory over the Boston Celtics and a 4-2 series victory. Warriors talisman Curry produced another masterpiece with 34 points, seven assists and seven rebounds as Golden State clinched their fourth title in eight years to silence Boston’s raucous TD Garden.
The 34-year-old Curry was named Most Valuable Player of the NBA Finals following the win – the four-time NBA champion’s first time taking the award.
“I’m so proud of our group, I thank God every day that I get to play this game with great people,” said an emotional Curry afterwards.
“This is what it’s all about, especially after all we’ve been through in the last three years.”
The win completed a dramatic journey back to the pinnacle of the NBA for the Warriors, who had the league’s worst record just two seasons ago as the franchise suffered injuries and the departure of key personnel.
“At the start of the season, nobody thought we’d be here – except everyone on this pitch right now. It’s unreal,” added Curry.
“We were so far from it. We hit rock bottom with injuries and the long road of work ahead as we tried to fill in the right pieces with the right guys.
“You never take this for granted because you never know when you’ll be back here.”
Delighted Warriors coach Steve Kerr admitted that the fourth championship of his Golden State coaching reign had been the most unexpected.
“This is perhaps the most unlikely,” Kerr said. “But I hang out with superstars — and when you hang out with superstars, good things happen.”
Boston coach Ime Udoka said his team paid the price for another high turnover.
“Once again you look at the numbers,” Udoka said. “Give them 20 plus on turnover, 20 plus on resit points. Don’t really give ourselves a chance on that.”
Udoka said the Celtics locker room was “emotional” after the loss.
“It’s going to hurt,” Udoka said. “It’s going to hurt for a while… of course it’s going to hurt to reach your final goal and be a few games short.
“There are a lot of guys there, very emotional at the moment.”
– Quick start –
Ever present during the highs and lows of the Warriors’ journey since 2015, Curry led a balanced offensive effort as Golden State became just the second visiting team to lift the trophy on Boston’s home field after the Los Angeles Lakers in 1985.
Andrew Wiggins recorded 18 points, six rebounds, four steals and three blocks in a stellar all-around performance, as veterans Klay Thompson and Draymond Green each scored 12 points. Jordan Poole scored 15 from the bench.
Jaylen Brown led the Boston scoring with 34 points, while Al Horford added 19 points.
A pulse-pounding game swung decisively in Golden State’s favor during the first two quarters.
The Celtics, trying to force a game seven, had started on purpose, racing to an early 14-2 lead against a Warriors squad caught napping.
But Boston’s fast start prompted a spectacular outburst from Golden State, who tightened their defense to secure key stops and then began to find the target on the other side.
After cutting Boston’s lead to six points at 22-16, the Warriors pulled away, with Green, Curry and Poole all hauling in three-pointers to put Golden State ahead 27-22 at the end of the first quarter .
Two more Poole three-pointers in the opening moments of the second quarter helped the Warriors sprint to a 15-point lead, up 37-22 after a 21-0 run – the biggest run in NBA Finals history.
The Warriors held onto the 15-point advantage going into halftime, leading 54–39 at the break.
Curry looked ominously more and more comfortable from behind the arc, and a step three back from 28 feet lifted the Warriors to a 72-50 lead—a 22-point margin of their biggest lead of the night in the third quarter.
But Boston refused to surrender, and Horford rallied the Garden crowd on a layup and free throw put the Celtics within nine points of the Warriors at 74–65.
Green calmed the Warriors’ nerves with a freezing 21-foot jumper to ensure the Warriors would take a double-digit lead into the final quarter, leading 76–66.
The Celtics again snatched the Warriors’ lead, but each time they came within single digits, Golden State managed to find a big play to extend their lead.
Halfway through the fourth came a key passage. A brown three-pointer cut the Warriors’ lead to just eight points at 86-78, but Wiggins then rammed into a corner three to make it 89-78 and Green followed with a dunk to put the Warriors 13 clear.
That margin held as the Warriors celebrated their seventh title.
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