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NBA Finals: Warriors win NBA championship, defeat Celtics in 6 games - The Athletic

In just two seasons, the Golden State Warriors went from worst, back to first. It was though they never left. The dynasty reigns on.The Warriors are again...

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In just two seasons, the Golden State Warriors went from worst, back to first. It was though they never left. The dynasty reigns on.

The Warriors are again NBA champions, conquering the Boston Celtics in six games with a 103-90 victory in Game 6.

It makes four titles in eight seasons for the team coached by Steve Kerr, piloted by Stephen Curry, with Klay Thompson as his wingman and Draymond Green as the backbone, and fell on the same date, June 16, as the night they won their first title together – seven years ago in Cleveland.

Two seasons ago, with Kevin Durant gone, Thompson on the shelf with a torn knee ligament, and Curry out for most of the season with a broken hand, the Warriors lost 50 games — the most in the NBA during a pandemic-shortened campaign.

As expected, Curry shook off a historically poor shooting performance from Game 5 to pace the victors with 34 points on six 3s. Thompson, who is known this time of year as Game 6 Klay, added 12 points and two 3s. Green was brilliant with 12 points, and the newcomer to the dynasty, Andrew Wiggins, finished with 18 points.

Curry, Thompson, and Green have now won 21 finals games – the most of any trio in the last 50 years.

This is the Warriors’ seventh overall, dating to 1947 when they played in Philadelphia. They trail only the Celtics and the Lakers for the most titles in league history, at 17 apiece. They are the second opposing team in history to close out a finals in Boston and the first since the Los Angeles Lakers did it in 1985.

The Celtics led 2-1 in this series. From that point on, they couldn’t stop Curry or hang onto the ball, and when Curry inexplicably missed all nine 3s in Game 5, the rest of the Warriors made Boston pay for leaving them open.

The Celtics lost the last three games, marking the first time since Dec. 25-29 they lost three in a row, and they committed at least 15 turnovers in all three losses. On Thursday, Boston gave the ball away 22 times, falling to 0-8 this postseason when it hit that 15-turnover threshold.

Boston was led in scoring by Jaylen Brown, who finished with 32 points. Al Horford added 19, and Jayson Tatum struggled with 13 points on 6-of-18 shooting.

The Warriors led by 22 with 6:12 left in the third quarter on a Curry 3. The Celtics called timeout, and Curry, in his celebration, pointed to his ring finger. The Celtics got back in the game behind 10 points from Brown and 12 from Horford to end the period. Curry’s 3-pointer with 3:17 to go put the Warriors ahead, 96-81, and erased any lingering doubt.

This story will be updated.

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