The Golden State Warriors reach the NBA Finals by winning their series against the Dallas Mavericks

Golden State will play its sixth final in eight years. A performance that no team had achieved since the Chicago Bulls of Michael Jordan, winners of their six finals in 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998. Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green will try to win a fourth ring , after their coronations in 2015, 2017 and 2018. They will have to overcome the Celtics or the Heat, who are currently facing each other in the Eastern Conference final (3-2 for the C’s).

Despite their defeat in Game 4 on Wednesday against the Dallas Mavericks (119-109), the Warriors wanted at all costs to finish the job in their room, this Friday, to give themselves the maximum rest before a potential final. Message perfectly integrated by the band to Steph Curry, applied in defense but above all lethal in attack from the first minutes, through a very inspired Klay Thompson (top scorer with 32 units, at 8/16 at three points). Also with an unplayable Kevon Looney under the hoop (18 rebounds including 7 offensive), Steve Kerr’s men were able to take advantage of a Luka Doncic inside to take a certain lead from the break (69-52).

Doncic’s wake-up call wasn’t enough

If the address of Spencer Dinwiddie (26 points) allowed his people to maintain a slim hope of returning, the Californians perfectly managed their lead in the second period. Despite the awakening of the Slovenian star of the Mavs, who scored 15 points during the third quarter after only scoring 6 in the first half, Golden State’s major five took turns perfectly and took advantage opposing defensive largesse. Besides Thompson, Curry (admittedly far from his standards, 5/17 shooting), Green, Wiggins and Looney all scored between 10 and 18 points.

It’s an incredible sense of accomplishment for our group. I’m really proud of the determination shown over the last two years by our guys, in their day-to-day work, knowing that it was the only way to get back to the final, not knowing if we could do it.rejoiced Steve Kerr at the end of the meeting.

After taking out the Jazz (4-2) then the Suns (4-3), the march this time will have been too high for Jason Kidd and his family, victims of the gap in squad depth with a team as experienced than these Warriors. As of next Thursday, Jordan Poole’s teammates will therefore play in the NBA Finals, with their sights set on a fourth ring in eight seasons. Facing Miami or Boston, the franchise could win the seventh title in its history.

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