A dazzling performance from Stephen Curry propelled the Golden State Warriors to a seventh NBA Finals crown on Thursday, securing a 103-90 win over the Boston Celtics to clinch a 4-2 series triumph. Warriors talisman Curry produced another masterpiece with 34 points, seven assists and seven rebounds as Golden State wrapped up its fourth title in eight years to silence Boston’s boisterous TD Garden.
Curry, 34, was named the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player after the victory – the first time the four-time NBA champion has won the award.
“I’m so proud of our group, I thank God every day that I get to play this game with amazing people,” an emotional Curry said afterwards.
“That’s what it’s all about, especially after everything we’ve been through for the past three years.”
The win completed a dramatic trip to the top of the NBA for the Warriors, who just two seasons ago had the league’s worst record as the franchise struggled with injuries and the departure of key personnel.
“At the start of the season, nobody thought we would be here – except everyone on this pitch right now. It’s surreal,” Curry added.
“We were so far from that. We hit rock bottom with injuries and the long road of work ahead, trying to fill in the right rooms with the right guys.
“You never take it for granted because you never know when you’ll be back here.”
Delighted Warriors coach Steve Kerr admitted the fourth championship of his reign as Golden State coach was the most unexpected.
“It’s perhaps the most unlikely,” Kerr said. “But I hang out with superstars – and if you hang out with superstars, good things happen.”
Boston coach Ime Udoka said his team paid the price for another high turnover.
“Again, you look at the numbers,” Udoka said. “Give them 20+ on turnovers, 20+ on second chance points. Don’t really give us a chance that far.”
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…obviously reaching your ultimate goal and missing a few games is going to hurt.
“There are a lot of guys in there, very emotional right now.”
– Quick departure –
Curry, ubiquitous in the ups and downs of the Warriors’ journey since 2015, led a balanced offensive effort as Golden State became just the second visiting team to lift the trophy on Boston’s home court after the Los Angeles Lakers. in 1985.
Andrew Wiggins had 18 points, six rebounds, four steals and three blocks in a stunning all-around display, while veterans Klay Thompson and Draymond Green added 12 points apiece. Jordan Poole added 15 from the bench.
Jaylen Brown led Boston with 34 points while Al Horford added 19 points.
A thrilling game swung decisively in Golden State’s favor in the first two quarters.
The Celtics, trying to force a seventh game, had opened with intent, quickly taking a 14-2 lead against a surprised napping Warriors side.
But Boston’s quick start was the signal for a spectacular flurry from Golden State, which tightened its defense to secure key saves and then began to find the target on the other end.
After cutting Boston’s lead to six points at 22-16, the Warriors pulled away, with Green, Curry and Poole all rattling three-pointers to give Golden State a 27-22 lead late in the first quarter. -time.
Two more three-pointers from Poole in the opening moments of the second quarter helped the Warriors take a 15-point lead, up 37-22 after a 21-0 run – the biggest run in Finals history of the NBA.
The Warriors held the 15-point advantage until halftime, leading 54-39 at the break.
Curry looked increasingly comfortable beyond the arc, and a 28-foot step back put the Warriors in a 72-50 lead – a 22-point margin their biggest lead of the night. in the third quarter.
But Boston refused to surrender, and Horford put the Garden crowd on their feet after a layup and free throw put the Celtics within nine points of the Warriors at 74-65.
Green calmed Warriors nerves with an icy 21-foot jumper to help ensure the Warriors took a double-digit lead in the final quarter, leading 76-66.
The Celtics cut the Warriors’ lead again, but every time they got to single digits, Golden State managed to find a big play to extend their lead.
A key passage came in the middle of the fourth. A Brown three-pointer reduced the Warriors’ lead to just eight at 86-78, but Wiggins then snagged a corner three to make it 89-78 and Green followed with a dunk to clear the Warriors 13.
That margin held as the Warriors celebrated their seventh title.
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