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Score of Warriors vs. Celtics takeaway: Stephen Curry leads Golden State to fourth NBA title in eight years

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For the fourth time in the past eight years, the Golden State Warriors are NBA champions after beating the Boston Celtics 103-90 in Game 6 of the NBA Finals at TD Garden on Thursday night. After falling behind 14-2 early in the game, the Warriors finally took control of things, thanks to a 30-8 run that extended from the end of the first quarter into the second.

While the Celtics were finally able to cut the deficit into single digits in the fourth quarter, Stephen Curry and the Warriors would not be denied another championship as they seemingly had an answer for every run Boston made down the stretch. In the end, Curry once again led the way for Golden State on the offensive end. He finished the series-clinching victory with a team-high 34 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, adding another chapter to his already historic career. The rest of the Warriors offered Curry plenty of help, as Andrew Wiggins, Jordan Poole, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson also scored in double figures.

At the other end, the Celtics were led by Jaylen Brown, who did all he could with 34 points, seven rebounds and three assists, but unfortunately for Boston fans, it wasn’t enough to extend his season one more game. Going forward, the Celtics’ front office will need to find a way to push this group over the hump, but tonight is about the Warriors extending their dynasty.

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1. Curry captures the elusive Finals MVP

It was no surprise when Curry’s name was called as the Bill Russell Finals MVP Award winner. It was even less surprising that he was a unanimous selection to win it. That’s how dominant Curry’s performance was in the six-game series. His 43-point outburst in Game 4 is the only reason the Warriors managed to pick up a win and tie the series again at two games apiece. If it wasn’t for every bucket he made in that game, the Warriors probably fell 3-1 in this series and we’re in a much different position today.

For most of the series, the Warriors struggled to get consistent production from the likes of Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Jordan Poole, but Curry stayed consistent through each win and loss. It’s not just his scoring that helped the Warriors win a title, but also the gravitational pull he has every time he’s on the floor that makes him so dangerous. Because he is lethal as soon as he crosses the middle of the pitch, he draws a lot of attention from the defense, which opens up scoring opportunities for other guys on the pitch. He forced the Celtics to make tough decisions on defense throughout the series, whether to double Curry or play straight, show coverage in pick-and-rolls or fight for the top of screens. All that confusion led to buckets for Curry. Y his companions

Although Curry was the obvious choice for the award, winning it is a significant moment as he is the first Finals MVP of his career. Although the future Hall of Fame guard has two regular-season MVP awards to his name, and now four championships to his credit, he has never won Finals MVP in any of the past three rings won by the Warriors. Andre Iguodala won the honor in 2015, while Kevin Durant won it in consecutive years in 2017 and 2018.

But this time it was undeniably all Curry and he capped it off with a trademark performance in Game 6, where he went 6-for-11 from deep en route to a night of 34 points, seven assists and seven rebounds. It was the fourth time in this series that Curry has scored more than 30 points, putting him at 32.5 points per game for his career in games that clinched the title. That ranks second all-time in NBA history for close title games, behind only Michael Jordan, according to statistics and information from ESPN.

2. The warriors showed how fearsome a team can be

Although the Warriors defeated the Celtics in Game 2 of this series, we never really got to see the version of the Warriors that can just punish their opponent into submission in this series. We saw that in the Western Conference finals numerous times against the Mavericks, as well as in the first round against the Denver Nuggets, but for the most part the Celtics held their own against this potent Warriors team.

That was until Thursday night. For all but six minutes of Game 6, the Warriors put together a masterpiece of a performance on both ends of the floor to get past the Celtics. At one point in the second quarter, Golden State had a 21-0 streak to completely alter the momentum of the game. He gave the Warriors a 15-point lead, and they never looked back from that point. That run also happened to be the longest run in a Finals game in the league’s last 50 years. The previous high was a 20-0 run… also by the Warriors during the 2019 Finals against the Raptors.

That 21-0 run encapsulated this dynastic Warriors team. A team that prides itself on the mantra of “strength in numbers”. It wasn’t just Curry going to work that sparked that streak. Five different Warriors players scored buckets during that run to make the Celtics dizzy. It’s that kind of depth and generosity on the ball that makes this Warriors team so hard to beat, and it showed in Game 6.

3. The Celtics couldn’t get out of their own way…again

If you want to see a stat to see why the Celtics lost this game, look at the fact that they turned the ball over 22 times. For context, in the two games Boston won in this series they averaged 12 turnovers in those matchups. In the three losses prior to this one, he averaged 17 turnovers per game. While some teams can overcome those tendencies, the Celtics weren’t one of them in this series. The worst part is the fact that so many of his turnovers are unforced errors, in which guys like Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum were careless with the ball while driving to the rim or panicked when the defense hit them. showed pressure.

Turnovers aside, though, the Celtics really struggled to respond to the Warriors’ runs until the fourth quarter, when it was a little late. Tatum recorded just three points in the second half after scoring 11 in the first, Smart was just 4-of-12 from the field for nine points and his bench generated just six points overall. Brown was the only Celtics player to really get it right tonight, but his 34 points alone weren’t enough to get past a Warriors team that was playing their best basketball at the right time.

Although this will be a tough pill to swallow during the offseason, the Celtics will be in the mix of championship contenders once again next season. This was a team that caught fire at just the right time in the second half of the season, and overcame adversity numerous times throughout the playoffs to get here. While it wasn’t the result they wanted, this experience will only help them better prepare for the upcoming season.


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