The Warriors have spoken about their experience to air-condition a TD Garden, however boiling. Draymond Green was masterful in defense, Stephen Curry, MVP of the Finals, was again very fair in attack, and the second knives played their part to perfection to bring back the Larry O’Brien trophy to San Francisco with a victory 4 -2 in these Finals!
As expected, the Celtics are off to the best start. Back to the wall, they announce the color with a 14-2 in the wake of the trio Jaylen Brown, Al Horford, Jayson Tatum, all three aggressive, while the Warriors lose two balls and miss two of their first three shots. The entries of Kevon Looney then of Gary Payton II stabilize however the defense of Golden State. They let the storm pass and finished the quarter 25-8, including a devilish streak of three defensive stops that turned into three award-winning shots from Draymond Green, Stephen Curry and Jordan Poole (27-22).
The Golden State Demonstration
The Warriors drive the point home early in the second quarter, with a new 3-pointer from Poole on an offensive rebound, followed by a lay-up on the counterattack from Wiggins. The two actions are repeated and the Warriors take a 15-point lead in front of a TD Garden KO standing (37-22)! As often in this series, it is Jaylen Brown who revives his team. He scores five points to allow Boston to respond with a 7-0.
Golden State’s steamroller doesn’t care. Behind a Draymond Green at his best, their defense muzzles the Celtics. It causes 9 ball losses which lead to 9 points. The Warriors score as many points on their six offensive rebounds. Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Andrew Wiggins took the lead to +21, before Ime Udoka’s men limited the break before the break (54-39).
Boston has not said its last word
Three award-winning shots from Al Horford in the first six minutes of the third quarter gave the Celtics hope, but the Warriors weren’t letting up the pressure. They punish the green traps with their passing game and hit the bull’s eye from a distance: two award-winning shots from Otto Porter Jr, and two from Stephen Curry, including a last one from ten meters to put the Warriors at +22 (72-50)! The double MVP even allows himself to show his ring finger to his teammates as a symbol of the future champion ring that will be added to his collection.
While the match seems settled, the Celtics throw all their forces into battle and take advantage of a drop in concentration from Golden State to come back. Al Horford and Jaylen Brown allow Boston to end the period on a 16-4 to return to -10 (74-64).
Defense wins championship
With the momentum on the Boston side, the Golden State defense regains control of the game. They cause two loss of ball and limit Boston to 3/11 on shots during the first five minutes of the last quarter to keep twelve lengths ahead (84-72).
Every time Jaylen Brown and Al Horford bring their team back below the ten-point mark, Stephen Curry takes responsibility. As against Denver, Memphis, and Dallas, it is by attacking the circle that he comes to punish the switches of Al Horford by finishing in lay-up or by shifting Andrew Wiggins to 3-points (93-81). With three minutes to play, Curry scores his sixth award-winning shot of the game and says good night to TD Garden!
The Warriors win 103-90 and they are back on top of the NBA. This is their first title since 2018, and their 4th in 7 years. A real dynasty!
WHAT YOU MUST REMEMBER
– The 35-8 in ten minutes of the Warriors. Led 14-2, Stephen Curry’s teammates never panicked. They have found themselves in these kinds of situations many times over the years and know the recipe. Take the first salvo of the enemy, do not crack and stay in ambush thanks to their defense to kill the hopes of 20,000 fans and their opponents. The Warriors not only came back to score but they gave us a collective demonstration in passing. They limited Boston to 8 points for ten minutes. These defensive stops allowed them to find rhythm in attack, and the address followed. With Green in charge, Curry, Thompson, Poole and Wiggins had fun, and the Warriors made history again. They pass a 35-8 to their opponent, including a 21-0 in four minutes, unheard of in the NBA Finals for more than 50 years!
– Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown break their teeth on the Warriors wall. In games 4 and 5, Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown lost 9 and 8 balls. That night, they had 7 stray balls at the break, unable to get the ball out properly against Golden State’s helpers. The two Boston stars have never been able to adapt. Possession after possession, they impale themselves in the defense and in the Warriors forest of arms to give their opponents ammunition and allow them to set up their defense. The Celtics end the game with 21 loose balls, far too many to hope for anything.
– Jordan Poole – Gary Payton II still make the difference. As in the last game, Boston’s substitutes were non-existent. The Derrick White – Grant Williams – Payton Pritchard trio finished the game on 5 points at 2/10 on shots. Opposite, Jordan Poole scored 15 points off the bench while Gary Payton II added 6 points but above all 3 interceptions and a decisive defensive presence to slow down the Celtics.
✅Stephen Curry. After his 0/9 3-pointer in Game 5, the Finals MVP responded in the best possible way. He played just scoring and distribution to finish with 34 points 6/10 from afar, 7 assists and 7 rebounds to lead his team to victory and get one of the only trophies missing from his list.
✅ Draymond Green. After a solid Game 5, he confirmed his rise by finishing this series at his best. He was omnipresent and intractable in defense while finishing at the gates of a triple-double (12 points, 12 rebounds, 8 assists, 2 steals, 2 blocks).
✅ Jaylen Brown. With a Jayson Tatum on the street, Jaylen Brown tried everything to bring his team back into the game. He finished with 34 points and 7 rebounds but needed more support against Golden State’s tough defense.
✅ Al Horford. Like Jaylen Brown, he responded with 15 of his 19 points after the break to go with his 14 rebounds. Unfortunately, he couldn’t do anything in defense against Stephen Curry’s repeated one-on-one attacks.
⛔ Jayson Tatum. The Celtics star was transparent in this match, completely obliterated by Andrew Wiggins’ defense. He finished the match with 13 points at 6/18 on shots and 5 lost balls.