It will be the sixth trip to the NBA Finals in the last eight years for Steph Curry and Co.
Golden State Warriors just booked their Final slot last night after winning the series 4-1 against Mavericks with two games yet to be played. Klay Thompson was breathing fire as he matched his season playoff-high with 32 points. Warriors won the Western Conference Crown and they reached their sixth NBA Finals in the last eight years, defeating Dallas Mavericks in Game 5 in San Francisco on Thursday, May 26.
Kevin Looney was the pick of the players, dominating the boards with a game-high 18 rebounds, ending the Maverick’s hopes in the Game 5 of the series. The dominating play by the Warriors and Klay made sure they win the best-of-seven Western Conference finals 4-1. Apart from Klay and Kevin, Andrew Wiggins chipped in with 18 points, Draymond Green 17, Jordan Poole 16, and the Most Valuable Player of the series, Stephen Curry 15 in a balanced effort.
From Mavericks’ side, Luka Doncic had 28 points and Spencer Dinwiddie had 26. Spencer Dinwiddie gave his side a fighting chance by using a 15-0 run late in the third quarter, but then fell behind as many as 25 points behind. Warriors started the celebrations as soon as Wiggins and Green opened the final quarter with consecutive hoops, as they knew they have confirmed their NBA Finals appearance since a loss to the Toronto Raptors in 2019.
Dinwiddie’s 5-for-7 success from beyond the arc made sure Dallas had an edge in three-point scoring. The Mavericks shot 17-for-42 on three-point tries, outscoring Golden State 51-42 from deep. Luka Doncic had a relatively poor game for Dallas, with 10-for-28 shooting overall and 3-for-13 on three-point attempts. He added a team-high 9 rebounds and 6 assists.
The best-of-seven NBA Finals will begin in San Francisco on June 2, which will be contested between 2015, 2017, and 2018 NBA champs Golden State Warriors and the winner between Boston/Miami.