Warriors earn a spot in the NBA Finals, finish the Mavericks in game five

Warriors earn a spot in the NBA Finals, finish the Mavericks in game five

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – With the clock ticking in the final seconds, Klay Thompson began dancing on the sidelines before nearly sobbing during a celebration with his teammates.

After two major surgeries and two years of grueling rehab, Thompson is regaining strength and returning the Golden State Warriors to the NBA Finals.

Thompson shone on his way to 32 points and the Warriors advanced to the World Cup Finals for the sixth time in the past eight seasons by defeating the Dallas Mavericks 120-110 in Game Five of the Western Conference Finals Thursday night.

‘It’s really hard to put into words,’ said Thompson. This time last year, I had just started running again and up and down the field. Now to feel like me, feel blasted, feel confident in my movements, I’m just grateful. ”

Thompson tore his left ACL during the season-ending Game 6 loss in the 2019 NBA Finals against Toronto, then tore his right Achilles tendon before the start of the 2020-21 season. After Golden State missed the postseason in both seasons and was sidelined, Thompson finally made a comeback in January.

The performance against the Mavericks showed that he is close to returning to his old level of stardom.

Thompson scored 19 points in the first half, including a 3-pointer punctuated by teammate Stephen Curry’s signature shake as the Warriors raced to a 17-point lead at the break and slipped the rest of the way.

‘You can see how much I’ve lost in the past two years,’ said Draymond Green. “We are fortunate to have the Klay Thompson we know again because we know how good he is.”

Canadian Andrew Wiggins added 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Green scored 17 points and Curry 15 points and nine assists. He was named the best player in the series.

Luka Doncic overcame the slow start to score 28 points for the Mavericks. Spencer Dinwiddie 26 added.

After missing the playoffs in 2020 and 21 consecutive seasons plagued by injuries, the Warriors are returning to a familiar phase. They joined the Chicago Bulls under Michael Jordan in the ’90s, the Magic Johnson Lakers in the ’80s, and Bill Russell’s Celtics in the ’50s and ’60s as the only franchise to have reached the NBA Finals at least six times in an eight-year span. .

“For our team and our guys, especially the core group, to be part of that six times in eight years, I don’t even know what to say,” said coach Steve Kerr. “It takes a tremendous amount of skill, determination and work. ”

Golden State will host the Eastern Conference Finals winner between Boston and Miami on June 2 in the first game of the NBA Finals. The Celtics are leading 3-2 and heading into Game Six at home on Friday night.

The Warriors followed their pattern from the first two rounds by rebounding after a missed opportunity to finish a streak on the road with a home win. Golden State is now 9-0 at Chase’s post-season, tying the 2017 team for the most consecutive home win post-season in NBA history.

After making only seven three-pointers in the first four games of the series, Thompson had eight three-pointers in this game for the fifth time, a record in the playoffs.

The latter two came in the last two rounds against Memphis and Dallas, raising the question of whether his title should move from ‘Game 6 Klay’ for his history in that game to ‘Disputing Clay’.

“I am satisfied with Game 6 Klay. ‘I don’t need another nickname,’ said Thompson with a smile. “It’s good that I don’t have to take it out yet. ”

Thompson gave the Warriors a 13-point lead in the first half when he hit one from the corner before dancing and added two points early in the third quarter to take a 23-point lead.

Dallas cut a 25-point deficit to eight in the last minute of the third quarter but was unable to override the hump in the fourth.

‘I don’t like losing, especially not in this way,’ Doncic said. You played terribly. But if we’re talking about our season, I’m really proud of this team. …we don’t have one here. But I promise you we fought to the end. ”

slow start

Doncic had a tough start, shooting 2-for-10 in the first quarter. His eight errors were drawn by the most in the first quarter of a playoff since LeBron James missed all nine of his attempts in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Finals against Atlanta in 2015.

Doncic held six first-half points, his lowest opening half of his post-season career, on a 2-for-12 shooting before finding a stroke in the third quarter.

“We need Luca to go a lot on the nights just to give us a chance, unfortunately the ball didn’t reach him tonight,” coach Jason Kidd said. “I think he bears the burden like everyone else, and I think for us as an organization, we are going to help lighten that burden as we go forward. ”

moody mania

With Otto Porter (left foot) missing for the second game in a row, the Warriors got a huge first-half boost from rookie 19-year-old Moses Moody.

Moody scored all seven of his points in the second quarter with his hat-trick giving Golden State a 56-38 lead. Moody scored just six points in his first three games of the series for the Warriors before scoring 17 in his last two away games with Porter.

2022-05-27 03:22:00

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