Curry gets big, Warriors send Celtics to NBA title

Curry gets big, Warriors send Celtics to NBA title

Curry gets big, Warriors send Celtics to NBA title

The Golden State Warriors are NBA champions again, dominating the Boston Celtics 103–90 on Thursday night for their fourth title in eight seasons.

Stephen Curry scored 34 points for the Warriors, who claimed the franchise’s seventh championship. And this one completed a journey like no other, following a run of five consecutive Finals, then an NBA low, and now a return to greatness, just two seasons after the league’s worst record.

For Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala it is a fourth championship. The first three rings came in 2015, 2017 and 2018, when Golden State was dynastic, making five consecutive trips to the final.

NBA Finals 2022 - Game Six
Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors celebrates against the Boston Celtics during the second quarter of Game Six of the 2022 NBA Finals at TD Garden on June 16, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Injuries, including those that left Thompson out for 2 1/2 years, and roster changes changed everything. But this season, with Thompson returning midway through, the Warriors were finally back.

At the top too. Champions, again, denied the legendary Celtics what would have been their 18th championship, one that would have allowed Boston to sever ties with the Los Angeles Lakers for the most in league history.

This story for the Warriors ended very differently from their most recent Finals appearance against Toronto in 2019, one in which Kevin Durant tore his Achilles tendon in Game 5 and then Thompson tore his ACL in what became the Raptors’ title winner in Game 6.

The aftermath of that loss was compounded by Durant’s decision to leave as a free agency that summer to join the Brooklyn Nets and Thompson’s own Achilles tendon injury while he was recovering from his knee injury.

It pushed a Golden State team into a rebuild that turned into a reload. The Warriors used their two-year hiatus from the NBA’s biggest stages to rework their roster — adding a previous No. 1 draft pick to Andrew Wiggins, who excelled in his first finals along with another rising star. in Jordan Poole.

It all clicked. For Golden State coach Steve Kerr, it is a ninth championship after five victories as a player. He is the sixth coach to capture four titles, along with Phil Jackson, Red Auerbach, John Kundla, Gregg Popovich and Pat Riley.

Jaylen Brown led the Celtics by 34 points. Al Horford added 19. Jayson Tatum finished with 13 points, but fired only 6 out of 18. Boston also made 22 turnovers, dropping to 1-8 at 16 or more this postseason.

It was only the fifth loss in 22 title series for Boston that turned the season upside down for a chance to win this title. Boston was 25-25 after 50 games, then went on an absolute tear to reach the finals, nearly claiming what would have been just the franchise’s second championship since 1986.

It was the third consecutive season in which things have been affected by the global COVID-19 pandemic, and while things were closer to normal, photos and videos from the championship celebration will serve as an everlasting reminder that the virus was still an issue.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver was unable to attend the game because he adhered to the league’s health and safety protocols regarding the virus. The redesigned Larry O’Brien Trophy — the gold souvenir given to the NBA champions — was instead presented to the Warriors by Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum.