Return to the top after 4 years, NBA champion Golden State… MVP is Curry

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) holds up the Larry O’Brien Trophy after defeating the Boston Celtics in Game 6 of the 2022 NBA Finals at TD Garden on the 16th (local time). USA TODAY Sports Yonhap News

The Golden State Warriors defeated the Boston Celtics to regain the championship title after four years.

With the team’s 7th win, he reclaimed the NBA throne for the first time in four years since the 2017-2018 season, signaling the ‘return of the dynasty’ that dominated the mid-late 2010s.

Golden State defeated Boston 103-90 in Game 6 of the championship decision (4 wins out of 7) held at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts, USA on the 17th (Korean time).

With this, Golden State, with a series record of 4 wins and 2 losses, climbed to the top of the championship game.

From the 2014-2015 season to the 2018-2019 season, they reached the championship game for five consecutive seasons, but due to injuries to key players, the sluggish history of not making it to the playoffs (PO) for the following two seasons was wiped out with this season’s championship.

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) tries to score in front of Al Horford (42) at Boston Celtics Center in Game 6 of the NBA Finals at TD Garden on the 16th (local time). USA TODAY Sports Yonhap News

Golden State, who finished third in the Western Conference this season (53-29), defeated the Denver Nuggets, Memphis Grizzlies, and Dallas Mavericks in the PO, and played the final game against Boston (51-31), second-placed in the East.

They showed a close match with 2 wins and 2 losses until the 4th game, but from the 5th game, they showed the superiority and went down to win 2 games.

From the 2014-2015 season, when franchise stars Stephen Curry, Clay Thompson, and Draymond Green played together as regulars, Golden State won six championships and four trophies during eight seasons.

Boston, which had the record for the most wins in the NBA championship game (18) and was aiming to regain supremacy after 14 years, had to swallow a disappointment at the final threshold.

Boston reached the Eastern Conference Finals four times after losing 3–4 to the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2009-2010 season championship game, but lost all of them and failed to advance to the championship game.

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry. USA TODAY Sports Yonhap News

Curry was unanimously selected by 11 voters as the Most Valuable Player of the Championship (MVP).

34-year-old Curry, who wore a Golden State jersey with the 7th overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, helped the team to the top this season.

Curry, who averaged 30.6 points and 5.8 rebounds per game until Game 5, and scored five three points, recorded 34 points, 7 assists and 7 rebounds in Game 6 as well.

With this award, Curry cleared the limits of not being the MVP of the Champions League even though he had previously won three as a key player for the team.

Green, who had been sluggish by failing to score 10 points per game throughout the series, showed a perfect score in this game with 12 points, 12 rebounds, 8 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks.

Boston Celtics guard Jalen Brown. AP Yonhap News

In Boston, Jaylen Brown worked hard to score 34 points, but that didn’t stop the team from losing.

Al Hopford, who had only scored one point in the first half, struggled in the second half as he posted 19 points and 14 rebounds.

For Boston, ace Jason Tatum missed 12 of 18 shots and scored 13 points.

Tatum made several errors in the interference of professional defenders such as Andrew Wiggins and Green, and also failed to shoot consecutively in front of Curry, who was relatively weak defensively.

Boston made a whopping 22 errors, including Tatum’s five.

Boston Celtics guard Jayren Brown scores a shot against Golden State Warriors center Kevon Rooney during the fourth quarter of Game 6 of the NBA Finals on the 16th (local time). AP Yonhap News

Due to Golden State’s organic team defense and strong one-on-one defense, the number of shots during the game itself was only 80, 12 less than the opponent.

After the loss in Game 5, Boston was trying to counterattack at home TD Garden, but it was Golden State who took the mood early in the game.

Golden State, leading the first quarter 27-22, further overtook Boston with a 27-17 score in the second quarter.

Curry led the team 54-39 with 12 points and 5 assists in the first half alone.

Boston succeeded in catching up to 76-66 at the end of the quarter with Brown’s performance in the third quarter.

However, in the beginning of the fourth quarter, Tatum missed shots in front of Green and Wiggins, widening the score to more than 10 points.

In the end, Boston effectively raised a white flag with one minute left before the game ended, subtracting Tatum and Hopford.

Golden State removed Wiggins and replaced veteran Andre Iguodala, confirming that the game was leaning further.

◇ 17 days record

▲ NBA Championship Game 6

Golden State Warriors (4-2) 103 (27-22 27-17 22-27 27-24)90 Boston Celtics (2-4)


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