Golden State Warriors win 4th NBA title in 8 years as Curry comes up big
The Golden State Warriors are NBA champions once again, topping the Boston Celtics 103-90 Thursday night for their fourth title in the last eight seasons.
Stephen Curry scored 34 points and was named the Finals MVP as the Warriors claimed the franchise’s seventh championship overall. This one was the culmination of a remarkable journey. After a run that saw five consecutive finals, followed by a drop to the bottom of NBA and a return to greatness two seasons later, the Warriors won the seventh overall championship.
Curry stated that they had found a way to get the job done after the Warriors received the championship trophy. They celebrated on the court.
Curry was overcome with emotion and tears as he described what allowed the Warriors to win their latest title. He said, “It’s part a championship pedigree. Our experience.” “We built this for 10-11 years. This is a huge achievement. “
For Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala, it’s a fourth championship. The first three rings came in 2015, 2017 and 2018, when Golden State was dynastic and made five consecutive trips to the finals.
Coach Steve Kerr said that all the titles are unique and special. “This one might have seemed the most unlikely. … It takes a team effort to accomplish anything, and we had a great team. “
Injuries that included ones that left Thompson out for 2 1/2 years and roster changes that changed everything. The Warriors were back this season with Thompson returning at the midway point.
Also back on top. Champions, again, denying the storied Celtics what would have been their record 18th championship, one that would have meant Boston breaking a tie with the Los Angeles Lakers for the most in league history.
CBSSports.com’s Brad Bodkin sang Cury’s praises, noting that Curry’s fourth ring puts him in even rarer historical air.
“Curry has four, one more than Larry Bird or Dwyane Wade and one less than Kobe Bryant and Magic Johnson,” he writes. … Curry has always been the eye of this Warriors storm that has torn through the NBA over these last eight years. Curry is simply one of the best bets for championship contention. … But the truth is that he’s far not done. “
Thousands of Warriors fans came to a watch party at Chase Center and more watched the game outside the arena on a big screen:
Minutes after the game, the Warriors announced that their first victory parade in San Francisco would be held Monday, CBS San Francisco said. The team held its previous three parades in Oakland, which the Warriors called home from 1971 to 2019.
The Warriors’ road back
This tale for the Warriors ended much differently than what their most recent finals appearance against Toronto did in 2019, one that saw Kevin Durant tear his Achilles tendon in Game 5 and then Thompson tear his ACL in what became the Raptors’ title-clincher in Game 6. The consequences of that loss were exacerbated when Durant decided to leave that summer in free agency and join the Brooklyn Nets, while Thompson was recovering from a knee injury.
Thompson said that it all paid off. It was hard work, and there were many tears. It was possible, but it was impossible to see it in reality. … It’s crazy.”
This forced a Golden State team to rebuild, which became a reload. The Warriors used their two year hiatus from the NBA’s most important stages to retool their roster, adding a former No. Andrew Wiggins was the 1 draft pick. He excelled in his first finals and was joined by Jordan Poole, a rising star.
Curry stated that this one will be different because of the three years experience and what it was like. “Injuries, the changing guard, rosters and the young guys. We now have four championships. Dray, Klay, and Andre.
Curry said, referring to the MVP trophy. “It’s special. It was a great experience for everyone involved. “
It all worked.
Kerr has won five championships as a player, but this is his ninth overall championship. He is the sixth coach to win four titles, joining Red Auerbach and John Kundla, Gregg Popovich, and Pat Riley.
It was the third consecutive season where things were affected by the global COVID-19 pandemic, and while things were closer to normal, pictures and video of the championship celebration will serve as a forever reminder that the virus was still an issue.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver was unable to attend the game due to his continued participation in the league’s safety and health protocols. Mark Tatum, deputy commissioner of the NBA, presented the Larry O’Brien Trophy, a new golden souvenir that was presented to NBA champions to the Warriors.
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