The Golden State Warriors have won the NBA Finals for the fourth time in the last eight years, defeating the Boston Celtics 103-90 in Game 6 of the series at TD Garden on Thursday night.
After falling behind 14-2 early in the game, the Warriors eventually took control with a 30-8 run that lasted from the end of the first quarter to the beginning of the second.
While the Celtics were able to cut the deficit to single digits in the fourth quarter, Stephen Curry and the Warriors were not about to let another championship slip away from them, as they seemed to have an answer for every run Boston made down the stretch.
Curry finished the series-clinching win with a team-high 34 points, seven rebounds, and seven assists, adding yet another chapter to his already illustrious career. Andrew Wiggins, Jordan Poole, Draymond Green, and Klay Thompson all scored in double figures for the Warriors, as did the rest of the team.
The Celtics, on the other hand, were led by Jaylen Brown, who gave it his all with 34 points, seven rebounds, and three assists, but it wasn’t enough to extend their season one more game.
The Celtics’ front office will have to find a way to get this team over the hump in the future, but tonight is all about the Warriors extending their dynasty.
First quarter. Celtics 22 – Warriors 27
Turnovers had been one of Boston’s biggest problems in the playoffs, but this time it was the Warriors who were sloppy on offense, coughing up the ball twice in the first two minutes as the Celtics took a 12-2 lead.
Jayson Tatum (three points) and Jaylen Brown (five points) may have led the way in scoring at that point, but Marcus Smart had two points and two assists, and Al Horford was aggressive early on, drawing two free throws to start Boston’s scoring.
Klay Thompson scored five of Golden State’s first ten points as the Warriors struggled from three-point range early on, shooting 28.6% compared to Boston’s 50% after seven minutes.
At that point, the Celtics led 18-10, and Steph Curry finally scored his first points of the game, getting by Robert Williams and finishing around the rim.
With Thompson and Andrew Wiggins off the court, Boston did a good job of keeping Curry in check early on. Gary Payton II and Jordan Poole were brought in to try to spark Golden State’s offense.
Despite the Celtics’ fast start, the Warriors were able to keep pace with them by combining for all six of their points.
Boston’s turnovers (four) became an issue as well, leading to seven Golden State points before Ime Udoka called a timeout with two minutes remaining at 22-18.
After Curry, Draymond Green, and Poole drained three consecutive 3-pointers in the span of 80 seconds, the Warriors took the lead for the first time in the game.
Golden State went on an 11-0 run to end the first quarter with a 27-22 lead heading into the second.
Second quarter. Celtics 54 – Warriors 39
Udoka was forced to call a timeout after only 50 seconds as the Warriors picked up where they left off in the first quarter, scoring the first five points. Poole made a splash from 29 feet first, before Thompson’s defensive rebound and assist pushed the lead to 32-22.
Boston’s bench scored just one point in Game 6, and the second unit failed to deliver, at least early on, with two points.
Golden State’s bench, on the other hand, was plus 50, with players like Poole (11 points, three rebounds, one assist, one block, and one steal) making an impact on both ends.
As Udoka called another timeout, the Celtics continued to crumble spectacularly, with Poole and Wiggins adding five more points to cap off a 21-0 run.
Boston went 0-for-7 from the field and 0-for-4 from three-point range in the first quarter, turning the ball over twice.
Brown eventually put an end to Boston’s drought with a 3-pointer before following it up with another bucket to cut the deficit to 37-27 in the NBA Finals.
The Celtics went on a 7-0 run after an emphatic Williams block on Curry and a Tatum layup, prompting the Warriors to call their own timeout.
Williams continued his block party in the fourth quarter, scoring three points in what was a rare bright spot for Boston in an otherwise bleak quarter.
The Celtics had 13 turnovers in the first half and were on the wrong end of a 52-25 run, unable to close the gap on the Warriors.
By halftime, Curry, Thompson, Wiggins, and Poole had all scored in double figures, while Green had five points, seven rebounds, and five assists.
Brown (14) and Tatum (11) were the only Boston players in double figures, with the bench contributing only two points.
Third quarter. Celtics 66 – Warriors 76
In the third quarter, Boston cut a 22-point deficit to ten points, keeping the game within striking distance of Golden State heading into the fourth. Celtics are down 76-66.
Al Horford scored 12 points in the first quarter and Jayson Brown added 10 more. Jayson Tatum, who is shooting 5 for 14 from the field and has only 11 points, hasn’t given the Celtics the performance they needed.
Golden State, on the other hand, is still in the driver’s seat. In the third quarter, Stephen Curry hit three 3-pointers of his own. He has a total of 21 points in the game. Draymond Green, who is on pace for a triple-double with 10 points, 9 rebounds, and 7 assists, is also helping Golden State on the offensive end. The third quarter accounted for five of those points.
Fourth quarter. Celtics 90- Warriors 103
The Warriors were shooting poorly from long range, but they made enough defensive plays and scored enough points to keep the Celtics at bay. With less than seven minutes remaining, Golden State led 84-72.
After a quiet third quarter, Jordan Poole resurfaced as a valuable asset, and the Warriors needed his offensive creativity to offset Golden State’s zero-for-10 shooting from beyond the arc.
The Celtics appeared to be buried, and they knew they were likely to lose, but they refused to give up. Although there is still a long way to go, the crowd was alive again, and they had at least given themselves a chance. In the fourth quarter, however, they were unable to cut into the Warriors’ lead and ran out of time.
There are far too many turnovers, missed layups, and shots around the basket. Throughout the night, the Celtics simply weren’t good enough.
Stephen Curry was in the kitchen all night. Almost every trip down the floor, he scores threes and discards Al Horford one-on-one. You’d think the Celtics would try to assist the best shooter in league history, because no matter how good Horford was, Curry blew past him every time, resulting in an automatic bucket.
Golden State was the better team for the majority of the game, and the Warriors have won the championship after missing the playoffs the previous two seasons. Curry delivered a masterful performance not just in Game 6, but throughout the series to win his fourth championship.