BOSTON – Golden State Warriors provided a master class on finishing an NBA Finals on the road.
After a slow start to the Boston Celtics ’12-point lead, the Warriors took control with a dangerous eruption and defensive clinic that destabilized the Celtics and silenced Crude at TD Garden.
Boston held 103-90 in Game 6 of the Golden State NBA Finals, claiming its fourth title in eight seasons and the first title since 2018.
Steph Curry, who discouraged Boston with his shooting in the series, crushed the Celtics one by one with 3-pointers. He had 34 points in 12-21 shooting, including 6-11 on 3.
It was Curry’s fifth 30-point game in the finals, earning his first finals MVP.
This is a cruel way for the Celtics to learn a lesson. They were leading 14-2 and Game 7 seemed possible.
But the Warriors Championship pedigree flattened Boston. The Golden State went 35-8, building a 54-33 lead before halftime and not letting Boston turn the game around in the second half.
Here are four key takeaways from Golden State’s title-cleaning success:
Golden State 3s
From a team that has revolutionized 3-point shooting in the NBA, it is no surprise that the Warriors put on a shooting performance from such a distance.
By the end of the third quarter, the Warriors had made 16 3s in 53.3% of the shooting.
Each Warriors starter, including Drymond Green, scored at least two 3-pointers, while Curry led the charge. Andrew Wiggins scored four 3s and Jordan scored three from the pool bench.
Boston turnovers are problematic again
Celtics coach Ime Udoka laments his team’s turnover throughout the playoffs. It became a familiar refrain after almost every Celtics loss.
In Game 6, the Boston Series-bound 23 turnover led to 20 Warriors points. It followed 18 turnovers in Game 5, 16 in Game 4 and 19 in Game 2.
Jason Tatum and Jaylen Brown were five apiece. In the fourth quarter, when the Celtics had a short-run, they still had five turnovers – assets that could have an impact on the outcome.
Team effort from the Warriors
Five fighters scored twice. Poole had 15 points, Green 12 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists, and Wiggins finished his impressive finals with 18 points, six rebounds, five assists, four steals and three blocks. His defense against Tatum and the other Celtics was an important factor in the Golden State Championship.
Clay Thompson added 12 points.
As the series progressed, Golden State emerged with more options offensive and defensive, and the Celtics did not have adequate answers to Curry, the Golden State’s depth and offensive and defensive execution.
The offense for the Celtics is drying up
Boston’s offense in the finals was volatile and the Golden State deserved that credit. Warriors are physical, have good hands, and have tough perimeter defenders that anchor the Green Defense.
Tottenham and Brown scored hard, and the Celtics struggled to find enough scores after them. Tatum 5-for-14, Marcus Smart 2-for-9 and Derrick White 1-for-6 were in the shooting three quarters.
Tatum had just 13 points – just two in the second half.
Without Al Horford’s 19-point, 14-rebound performance, the game would have been over long before both teams had vacated their benches in the fourth quarter.
The Golden State Bench beat Boston 21-5.
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