NBA Finals 2022: Warriors top Celtics in Game 6 to win championship3 min read
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The Warriors have stayed golden.
Golden State topped the Boston Celtics in Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night 103-90 to pick up their fourth championship in eight years and seventh in franchise history.
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The Warriors got a huge game from Stephen Curry to seal the win. Curry scored 34 points and had seven rebounds and seven assists in the game. He played in 40 minutes and was 12-for-21 from the floor, including 6-for-11 from three-point range.
Curry was in tears when the final buzzer sounded and had a warm embrace with his father Dell Curry.
Golden State also got a dynamic performance from forward Draymond Green. After getting taunted by Celtics fans throughout the series at TD Garden, he stepped up big in Game 6. He scored 12 points, grabbed 12 rebounds, dished out eight assists and had two steals and blocks each.
Curry won his first NBA Finals MVP award because of his performance.
Klay Thompson, another key member of the Warriors corps who picked up their fourth NBA title, scored 12 points and grabbed five rebounds even on an off shooting night in which he was just 5-for-12 from the field.
The Warriors got 18 points from Andrew Wiggins and 15 points from Jordan Pole off the bench in the win.
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One of the biggest differences in the victory were the runs each team went on.
Boston started the game on a 14-2 run and after a timeout, the Warriors began to chip away at the lead. By the end of the first quarter, Golden State was leading 27-22.
The Warriors began to blow out the Celtics in the second quarter.
Golden State ended the first quarter on a 25-8 run and between the end of the first and the beginning of the second they were on a 21-0 run. It was the largest scoring run in an NBA Finals game in 50 years.
By the end of the first half, Golden State had gone on a 52-25 run.
Boston tried to get back into the game in the third quarter. The Warriors were leading by as many as 22 points but cut the deficit to 10 points by the end of the third thanks to a 16-4 run to close out the fourth.
Golden State wouldn’t relinquish the lead and hold off the charging Celtics in the fourth.
Jaylen Brown led the way for Boston with 34 points, seven rebounds and three assists. Jayson Tatum only had 13 points in 40 minutes for the Celtics.
Al Horford gave it his all, finishing with 19 points and 14 rebounds. Robert Williams III, who was playing through a knee issue, had 10 points, seven rebounds and five blocks in the loss.
The Warriors became the first team since the 1985 Los Angeles Lakers to beat the Celtics in Boston to win an NBA title. The history just adds to the lore of the Warriors’ run over the last decade.
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Golden State, with seven titles, is now in sole possession in third place for most titles in league history. Only the Celtics and the Lakers have more.