Curry rediscovered his shooting touch late in the third quarter, making two consecutive baskets to take a 78-77 lead into the final 12 minutes. Draymond Green had 14 points, 16 rebounds, and eight assists. Andrew Wiggins scored 10 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter, including a clutch 3-pointers from Kevon Looney.
The Golden State Warriors moved to the Western Conference finals by defeating the Memphis Grizzlies 110-96 in Game 6 on Friday night, with Klay Thompson scoring 30 points on eight 3-pointers and Stephen Curry scoring 29 points on six 3-pointers.
Golden State, which throw out in the play-in round last year by Memphis, survived a tense series to reach the conference finals for the first time since 2019 when the team advanced to its fifth consecutive NBA Finals before falling in Game 6 to Toronto.
“Whoop, that trick!” screamed the ecstatic, rowdy home audience in the last minutes of the fans’ escape from Memphis.
Dillon Brooks scored 30 points, including a career-high seven 3-pointers. But flags for the second time in the series. Desmond Bane contributed 25 points.
Curry returned for the last 8:21 and hit a 3-pointer with 5:45 left on a nice bounce feed from Green. Looney found Green for an easy dunk the following time down, sealing a decisive 10-0 run.
The Warriors motivates to improve on Wednesday’s 134-95 loss on the Grizzlies’ home court. In which they trailed by as many as 55 points. They wanted to cut down on the 22 turnovers that led to 29 points.
Bane scored the game’s first two goals before the Warriors went on a 10-point run, highlighted by two Green layups and threes from Curry and Thompson.
Following the injury of guard Gary Payton II, Jonathan Kuminga started the previous three games. After being smacked over the head by Brooks in Game 2. He shattered his left elbow in an awkward fall, earning Brooks a Flagrant two penalty and a one-game punishment.
The sellout audience at Chase Center booed him again at every opportunity. Payton earns a standing ovation when he displays on the big screen during a first-quarter break. And placed his hand to his heart before encouraging the crowd to be louder.
Memphis was missing All-Star guard Ja Morant for the third consecutive game due to a bone bruise in his problematic right knee, which the Grizzlies blamed on Jordan Poole yanking on the knee in Game 3 while trying for a loose ball.
Center 3:23 before halftime, Steven Adams walked off gently on his right ankle and proceeded to the locker room, but he returned. Brooks was given a flagrant foul 1 for tackling Curry. And the Grizzlies forward and Thompson were given double technical fouls.
TOUCH OF THOMPSON
Thompson, who returned to the playoffs after a two-and-a-half-year sabbatical due to major injuries, tied Ray Allen, Stephen Curry, and Damian Lillard for the most 3-pointers in NBA history.
Grizzlies: Brooks had three flagrant points and was one game away from receiving an automatic one-game ban. Memphis’ last ten shots in the second quarter were all missed. In Game 5, the Grizzlies had a 55-37 rebounding edge.
Warriors: Curry was 6 for 17 from beyond the arc. Looney’s 11 first-quarter rebounds are a career-best for any quarter, and they tie a Warriors playoff record set by Larry Smith on the road against the Lakers on May 12, 1987. F Otto Porter Jr. was unable to play due to pain in his right foot. Andre Iguodala, who is currently out due to a left cervical disc injury, will be assessed again later next week.
THE 13TH OF JULY
Elias said the Warriors played a playoff game on Friday the 13th for just the second time in team history. They defeated the Bucks 100-86 in Game 6 of the Western Conference playoffs on April 13, 1973, to win the series 4-2. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar led the Bucks with 14 rebounds and a game-high 27 points. For the Warriors, Jim Barnett scored 26 points.
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