Golden State Warriors crowned NBA champions after Game 6 victory over Boston Celtics
Despite falling behind twice in the series, the Golden State Warriors fought their way back into the lead, and their Game 6 victory on Friday morning sealed the championship with a 4-2 lead
The Golden State Warriors have been crowned NBA champions after a 4-2 series win over the Boston Celtics. It's the franchise's fourth championship after winning in 2015, 2017 and 2018.
The Warriors fell behind twice early on in the series, but a brilliant display at TD Garden in Game 6 was enough to seal the deal.
After going 0-9 on three-pointers in Game 5, Steph Curry bounced back in style for Game 6, with the Warriors star scoring a equal game-high 34 points - including six three-pointers - as he helped his side to a 103-90 win.
As a result of his performance, which included making a further seven rebounds, seven assists, two steals and one block, Curry was named Finals MVP for the first time in his career.
"We found a way to just get it done," said Curry.
"It's part of a championship pedigree, our experience. We built this for 10-11 years. That means a lot when you get to this stage."
The championship marks an incredible turnaround of form for the Warriors, who just two years ago recorded the league's worst record. Before that, the side pieced together five consecutive Finals appearances.
Their experience and composure on the big stage proved to be the difference, with the Warriors' big stars all rising to the occasion.
Draymond Green has faced plenty of criticism over his Finals appearances, but the 32-year-old produced his best showing when it mattered. He came close to a triple-double with 12 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists as well as two steals and two blocks.
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Similarly, Curry's 'splash brother' Klay Thompson also contributed to the victory with a dozen points of his own. It was an incredibly proud moment for Thompson, who spent over two years sidelined with injury before returning to action this season.
"It all paid off," Thompson said. "It was dog days, a lot of tears shed. You knew it was a possibility, but to see it in real time, it's crazy." said Thompson about his comeback from injury.
Once again Andrew Wiggins stepped up to the plate for the Warriors too, scoring 18 points with six rebounds, five assists, four steals and three blocks.
Following their plummet to the bottom of the NBA standings two years ago, it was a fairtyale return to the top for the Warriors, who have created a winning culture around the team.