Steph Curry Leads Warriors to Fourth NBA Championship in Seven Years
Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors — Photo by headlinephotos

The Golden State Warriors have been crowned NBA champions for the fourth time in the past seven years after clinching a 4-2 series win with a 103-90 win at Boston Celtics on Thursday.

Stephen Curry was outstanding for Golden State with a team-high 34 points including six-of-11 from three-point range, along with seven rebounds and seven assists.

The Warriors hit back in the first half after the Celtics got off to a flying 14-2 start, with Golden State responding to lead 54-39 at half-time, leading by as much as 21 points in the second quarter.

Boston pressed in the third quarter, closing within nine points before a clutch Draymond Green (12 points, eight assists, 12 rebounds, two steals and two blocks) three-pointer.

The Celtics closed again in the fourth, getting within eight points but the Warriors always found a response, this time with an Andrew Wiggins (18 points, six rebounds, five assists and four steals) triple.

Green and Wiggins provided excellent support but Curry was the star, earning his first-ever NBA Finals MVP award, having been part of their triumphant 2015, 2017 and 2018.

The triumph also marks a remarkable turnaround for the franchise who had a league-worst record (15-50) in 2020, before losing in the play-in tournament last year.

The Warriors were besieged by injuries over those years, with Curry along with Klay Thompson out for long-term periods.

Thompson had a down Game 6, shooting two-of-eight from three-point range for his 12 points but can celebrate after completing the long road back after 941 days between games.

The title is Warriors boss Steve Kerr’s ninth in the NBA and fourth as a head coach, having won five as a player with both the Chicago Bulls and San Antonio Spurs.

Golden State had trailed 2-1 in the NBA Finals but rallied to win the next three games and claim the crown, lifting it at the TD Garden.

For the beaten Celtics, Jaylen Brown scored 34 points, shooting five-of-11 from beyond the arc, with seven rebounds.

Jayson Tatum only managed 13 points with seven assists but five turnovers. Center Al Horford was excellent with 19 points including four triples along with 14 rebounds.

Boston gave up 22-15 turnovers, while the Warriors shot 19 three-pointers for the game, compared to the Celtics’ 11.

Ben somerford
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