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NBA Playoffs: Golden State Warriors are in the West Finals

The Golden State Warriors are confirmed as the first participants in the West Finals! With a 110-96 win in Game 6, the Dubs prevailed after a tough battle against the Memphis Grizzlies. Klay Thompson continues to work on the legend of “Game 6 Klay”, Stephen Curry also wakes up late.

Thompson shot his way to the Warriors top scorer with 8 threes (in 14 attempts), in addition to his 30 points he collected 8 rebounds. The Splash Brother was also responsible for the Dagger minutes before the end. Golden State used a strong closing phase to shake off the Grizzlies for good.

The last six minutes of the game went to the home side 23:7, also because Curry finally turned up the heat. After a rather weak performance, he scored 11 points in the final section and built up his points account to 29 points with 10/27 from the field (6/17 three-pointers). Andrew Wiggins contributed a strong double-double (18 and 11 rebounds), Draymond Green had 14 points, 15 rebounds and 8 assists and Kevon Looney also dominated the boards (4, 22 rebounds, including 11 offensive rebounds).

The Grizzlies, who once again had to do without Ja Morant, couldn’t keep up in the final minutes. Before that, Dillon Brooks showed a lot of improvement (30 points, 7/15 threes), but there were also a lot of shadows in his game. Desmond Bane scored 25 points, otherwise only Jaren Jackson Jr. (12, 5/19 FG) had double digits.

The Warriors started with a bigger lineup with Looney replacing Jonathan Kuminga, which paid off defensively and in rebounding. Memphis scored just 8 points in the first six minutes. They offensively attacked Steven Adams’ drop coverage, allowing Thompson to open several three-pointers.

An early 8-point lead was quickly gone again. Again, the turnover problem played a role in Golden State (6 turnovers in the first quarter), Brooks punished it with back-to-back threes. The 26-year-old aggressively sought his throw and, unlike in previous games, also scored. Only 30:26 for Golden State.

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