The Golden State Warriors are once again the NBA champions, marking their fourth championship run in eight years.
Golden State Warriors beat the Boston Celtics 103-90 Friday (Philippine Standard Time) led by Stephen Curry’s 34 points.
The win gives the quartet of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and Andre Iguodala four championships each under Golden State Warriors Coach Steve Kerr.
Stephen Curry reminisced on what Golden State went through the past three years, saying that “this is what it’s all about”.
“This is what it’s all about, playing for a championship and what we’ve been through the last three years,” Curry said on ESPN.
Curry, who also won his first NBA Finals Most Valuable Player award, added that no one thought that the team would reach the finals this year.
“Beginning of the season, nobody thought we’d be here except everybody on this court right now, and it’s amazing. Very surreal, though.”
This is Golden State’s first NBA Championship since 2018, and their first finals appearance since 2019, when the team lost to the Toronto Raptors after Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson suffered season-ending injuries.
Golden State went on a 21-0 run in the first half, the longest scoring run in an NBA Finals game in the last 50 years, and finished the first half with a 52-25 run.
Boston was able to cut the deficit to single digits late in the third quarter and another time in the fourth quarter, but could not get enough stops to further cut down the Warriors lead.
This year’s finals mark the first time the Boston Celtics made an appearance. Their last final appearance was in 2010 when Boston was led by the quartet of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, and Rajon Rondo, who were beaten by the Los Angeles Lakers led by Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Ron Artest, and Lamar Odom. (GFB)