Golden State beat Boston Celtics to become NBA champion

BOSTON. It turns out that the dynasty had just been suspended.

Golden State won the NBA championship again, four seasons after the last. It is the franchise’s seventh title and fourth for three superstars: Stephen Curry, Clay Thompson as well as Draymond Greenwho have grown together over the last ten years, won together, and over the past three years have learned how fragile success can be.

On Thursday, they beat the Boston Celtics 103–90 in Game 6 of the NBA Finals. They won the series 4-2 and celebrated their decisive victory on the TD Garden floor under 17 championship banners in front of a crowd of disappointed supporters.

With 24 seconds left in the game, Curry found his father near the baseline, hugged him and shook, sobbing in his arms. Curry then turned back to the game. He put his hands on his head and squatted down, then fell to the court.

“I think I passed out,” Curry later said.

He thought about the last few months of the playoffs, the last three years, the people who didn’t think he could be here again.

“You get goosebumps just thinking about all the shots and scenes we went through to get back here,” Curry said.

Curry, who scored 34 points in the deciding game, was named the Finals MVP. He received the award for the first time in his career.

“Without him, none of this would have happened,” said Golden State coach Steve Kerr. “For me, this is his main achievement.”

Boston resisted.

The Celtics took a 14-2 lead to start the game, playing better than they had in their lackluster start to Game 5, but Golden State’s firepower threatened to overwhelm them. For almost six minutes of playing time from the end of the first quarter to the start of the second, Boston was unable to score.

Golden State took a 21-point lead in the second quarter and held that lead early in the third.

With 6 minutes 15 seconds left in the third match, Curry scored his fifth triple of the game, giving his team a 22-point lead. He extended his right hand and pointed to his ring finger, confident that he was about to earn his fourth championship ring.

The moment could motivate the Celtics, who responded 12-2. Ultimately, however, they had too much ground to recover.

Golden State celebrated two seasons with low records, one of which made it the worst team in the NBA. His players and coaches have spent these seasons waiting for Thompson’s injuries to heal, Curry’s (less) injuries to heal, and new or younger parts of their roster to emerge to grow into important roles.

As they became one again, the core of the three players started talking about cementing their legacy.

They were much younger when they started traveling together. Golden State selected Curry in 2009, Thompson in 2011 and Green in 2012.

Curry was 27 when they won their first championship together in 2015. Thompson and Green were 25.

This season also marked Kerr’s first as a team coach.

The Golden State went 67-15 and made it through the playoffs to the NBA Finals without realizing how hard it was to get there. The following year, the team set a league record with 73 regular season wins but lost in the return trip to the Finals. Kevin Duran He joined the team as a free agent that summer, and Golden State won the next two championships, becoming one of the greatest teams in NBA history.

During this time, the champions have grown as people and as players. Curry and Green added children to their families. They were rock stars on tour, and crowds of fans were waiting for them in hotels. Three championships in four seasons made Golden State undefeated.

Only injury could stop them.

The dynastic run ended in devastating fashion in 2019 during their fifth straight run to the finals. Durant struggled with a calf injury, then tore his right Achilles tendon in Game 5 of the Finals against Toronto, and left the team for the Nets during the offseason. Thompson tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during the next game. The Raptors won the championship that day.

“It was the end of an era at Oracle,” Curry said, referring to the former Golden State Arena in Oakland, California. The team moved to the Chase Center in San Francisco in 2019. He added: “You’re getting ready for the summer, trying to regroup and figure out what’s going to happen next year.”

The two seasons of inconsistency that followed were tough for all of them, but no more than for Thompson, who also tore his right Achilles tendon in the fall of 2020, putting him out of the game for another year.

During this year’s finals, he often thought about this journey.

“I wouldn’t change a thing,” Thompson said. “I’m very grateful and everything I’ve done up to this point has led to this.”

Ahead of this season, Golden State was not expected to return to this stage so soon. This was especially true because ahead of the season, Thompson’s return date was unclear.

But then I hope. Golden State started the 2021-2022 campaign by winning 18 of their first 20 games. The team found a gem in Gary Payton IIwho was rejected by other teams due to his size or because he was not an outstanding 3-point shooter. Andrew Wigginsacquired in 2020 through a deal with Minnesota, Kevon Looneywho was drafted weeks after that 2015 championship, and Jordan Poole, who was drafted late in the first round in 2019, showed why the team values ​​them so much.

Curry sets career high for 3-pointers and mentored the young players of the team.

Who could tell how good this team would be when Thompson returned?

This answer came to the playoffs.

The Golden State defeated the Denver Nuggets in five games and the Memphis Grizzlies in six. then Dallas only took one game from Golden State in the Western Conference Finals..

Curry, Thompson and Green, the engine behind five straight finals, entered this year’s championship series completely redesigned.

“What I appreciate today, I didn’t necessarily appreciate then,” Greene said. “In 2015, I hated taking pictures and, you know, I couldn’t put two and two together. Like, man, those memories are so important.”

They vowed not to take for granted any part of the final experience, even the negative ones.

Throughout the series, Boston fans chanted Green using expletives. During the champagne celebration in the dressing room after the game, his teammates imitated them.

“Beautiful,” said Green. “You embrace the tough times and that’s what we do and that’s how we come out on top. For us it was a beautiful thing. Hearing my teammates repeat this, there is nothing better than this.”

They faced a Boston Celtics team that was as young as it was in 2015, led by a 20-year-old. Jason Tatum, Jaylen Brown as well as Marcus Smartunder the shepherd of a senior statesman Al Horford. The Celtics did just about everything the hard way as they raced for the storied franchise’s 18th championship.

They are swept across the net in the first round, but went to seven games against the Milwaukee Bucks and Miami Heat. They are won when they had toand made too many careless turns when they didn’t.

Boston was younger stronger and more athletic team in the final. The Celtics were not afraid of the Golden State or the big stage and proved it win game 1 on the road. Before Game 5The Celtics have not lost consecutive playoff games.

Curry got his way against the Boston defense in Game 4, scoring 43 points. Then in Game 5, the Celtics canceled out his efforts, only to his teammates are catching up on him.

At a press conference on Wednesday afternoon, Green recalled a moment during the Golden State flight to Boston from San Francisco between games 5 and 6. He, Thompson and Curry were sitting together when they were spotted by Bob Myers, the team’s general manager and president. on basketball. operations.

“He’s like, ‘Dude, you’re all funny. You are still sitting together. You all don’t understand, it’s 10 years. Like, that doesn’t happen. The guys are still sitting together at the same table, ”Green recalled. “He’s like, ‘The guys aren’t even on the same team for 10 years, not to mention they’re still sitting at the same table and enjoying each other’s conversations and presence.’

Minutes later, in a separate press conference, Thompson was asked about the moment and why the three of them still enjoy each other’s company. Curry stood against the wall, watching and waiting for his turn to speak.

“Well, I don’t know about that,” said Thompson. “I owe Draymond some domino money so I don’t want to see him too often.”

Curry hunched at the waist and doubled over with soft laughter.

“I was half asleep,” Thompson continued. “Draymond and Bob chatted with each other for six hours on the plane. I was just trying to get some sleep.”

Curry later said, “All personalities are so different. All come from different walks of life. But we’ve all come together around a collective unit of how we do things, whether it’s in the locker room, on the plane, in the hotel, whatever. We know how to have fun, have fun and keep it light, but we also understand what we’re trying to do and why it’s all important in terms of winning games.”

The next day they won their fourth championship together. They gathered in a crowd and jumped together. When Curry won the MVP final, they chanted “MVP” along with everyone on stage.

Long after the celebration was over, Thompson and Curry stayed there together, sometimes sitting together, sometimes dancing together. Thompson looked down from the stage and said he didn’t want to leave.

Curry went down before Thompson, but stood on the top step first. He held a cigar between his lips and clutched the MVP trophy in his left hand.