Tears began to flow for Stephen Curry shortly before the clock dried, as the Golden State Warriors simply had to wait for their fourth championship in eight seasons to become official.
A two-time MVP in the regular season, Curry was named MVP of the NBA Finals for the first time, scoring 34 points on Thursday when the Warriors returned to NBA glory with a 103-90 victory over host Boston Celtics in Game 6 of the finals.
Andrew Wiggins scored 18 points and Jordan Poole added 15, with Golden State leading just two seasons after finishing the worst in the league 15-50. This difficult year came amid injuries to Clay Thompson, who scored 12 in just five of Thursday’s 20 shots in the final of the best of seven series, and Curry.
Both stars were in good health and on top of the world in Game 6, standing next to each other during a team hug after the last bell. Curry won the MVP award in the final after averaging 31.2 points in six games since the Warriors won the championship for the first time in four years.
– NBA (@NBA) June 17, 2022
“You always doubt it, but you know how long it takes to get back here because it’s hard to beat at that level,” Curry told ABC when asked about the path from the worst NBA record to the NBA champion. three seasons. “We found a way to just do it.”
Draymond Green contributed 12 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists for the Warriors, who won despite shooting 41.3 percent of the field. Curry, Thompson, and Green then sat hand in hand on the edge of the trophy presentation stage with four fingers raised to present their joint titles.
“I knew it was possible, but to see (a championship) in real time – sacred canola, it’s crazy,” said Thompson, who missed two full seasons with knee and Achilles injuries and didn’t return until January. 9 this season.
“Forget that we are champions … We have 4 championships” pic.twitter.com/Mb58PMLLNu
– NBA (@NBA) June 17, 2022
Jaylan Brown scored 34 points and Al Horford added 19 points and 14 rebounds for the Celtics, making their first appearances in the NBA Finals since 2010. Boston last won the championship in 2008.
Celtics star Jason Tatum remained 13 points in 6 of 18 shots.
“We still have a lot to learn as a group (s) individually,” Brown said. “No matter how much we have grown and changed our season, we still have a lot to learn about the game of basketball. …
It stinks of making a living, but the future is bright.
The only drawback to the Warriors ‘day was short, when they were 14-2 behind four minutes after the Celtics’ 12-0. Boston led 22-16 at the end of the first quarter before the Warriors exploded 21-0 to lead 37-22 with just over 10 minutes to go.
When Curry scored three 3 points in the first six minutes of the third quarter, Golden State shifted its lead over the 20-point mark, 72-50. Curry nodded and began pointing her ring finger.
“We’ve been building this for about 10 or 11 years, and that means a lot when you get to that stage, because you know how to make money,” Curry said. “Everyone who has been a part of this knows what it’s all about. This one hits in a different way for sure. ”
The Celtics managed to score in single digits, at 74-65, in a three-point game by Al Horford with 44.1 seconds left in the third, and the Warriors were 76-66 ahead in the last quarter.
The Celtics never reached eight points the rest of the way, as they were made with 23 turns. Curry supported the victory with 3 points with the remaining 3:17, which gave the lead to Golden State with 96-81.
“It will hurt and it will hurt for a while. These things never go away, “said the Celtics coach Udok’s name said. “That was part of the message (after the game): Let it push us forward after the experience, growth and progress we have made this season.”
After a break in the first round of the Brooklyn Nets in the first round of the playoffs, the Celtics continued only 4-6 at home until the end of the road.
Field level media
Get the hottest sports news right in your inbox
Read the following
Subscribe to PITATEL PLUS to access The Philippine Daily Inquirer and other 70+ titles, share up to 5 widgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4 am and share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.
For feedback, complaints or inquiries, Contact us.