Thompson leads Golden State Warriors into NBA Finals after dispatching Dallas Mavericks in Game 5
The Golden State Warriors booked their place in the NBA finals after storming to a 120-110 victory over the Dallas Mavericks in the Eastern Conference Finals, to win the series 4-1.
Steph Curry was the Western Conference MVP, despite only posting 15 points and nine assists in this game. But it was Klay Thompson who shone in the fifth claiming a game-high 32 points and becoming the first player in NBA history to hit eight 3s in multiple series-clinching games in his career.
The Warriors reached 87-62, before the Mavs woke from their slumber. Luka Doncic dragged them back into the match as the Mavs scored 14 unanswered points and cut the Warriors lead going into the fourth to single figures.
But the Warriors stepped back on the throttle in the final period and extended the lead to over ten points, before seeing the game out comfortably.
SHOWTIME pic.twitter.com/imiiwmm5jl— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) May 27, 2022
Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr said: "Tonight was different because we've done it before. But in a different way, it was incredibly meaningful given everything that we've been through organizationally over the last couple of years.
"I'm happy for everybody ... [but] it's hard not to be most excited for Klay.
When Klay Thompson is healthy, the Warriors are a LOCK to reach the NBA Finals 🏆— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) May 27, 2022
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