Curry, Thompson Ship Warriors Into Western Convention Finals | Sports activities Information

By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Sports activities Author

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Klay Thompson knocked down eight 3-pointers on the way in which to 30 factors, Stephen Curry scored 29 with six 3s, and the Golden State Warriors superior to the Western Convention finals by beating the Memphis Grizzlies 110-96 in Sport 6 on Friday evening.

Curry discovered his taking pictures contact late and made two straight baskets late within the third for a 78-77 lead getting into the ultimate 12 minutes. Draymond Inexperienced contributed 14 factors, 16 rebounds and eight assists. Kevon Looney grabbed 22 rebounds and Andrew Wiggins scored 10 of his 18 factors within the fourth with a pair of well timed 3s.

Golden State — eradicated by Memphis within the play-in event final yr — withstood a testy sequence to advance to the convention finals for the primary group since 2019, when the franchise reached its fifth straight NBA Finals earlier than shedding to Toronto within the deciding Sport 6 .

“Whoop that trick!” the delighted, raucous residence crowd chanted within the waning moments, the followers’ steal away from Memphis.

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Dillon Brooks scored 30 factors with a career-best seven 3-pointers however picked up his second flagrant foul of the sequence. Desmond Bane added 25.

Curry checked again in for the ultimate 8:21 and delivered a 3 with 5:45 remaining off a phenomenal bounce cross by Inexperienced. Looney discovered Inexperienced for a simple dunk the subsequent time down, capping a decisive 10-0 run.

After Wednesday’s 134-95 debacle on the Grizzlies’ residence ground during which they trailed by as many as 55 , the Warriors have been decided to do the whole lot higher, particularly chopping down on the 22 turnovers resulting in 29 factors.

Bane scored the primary two baskets of the sport earlier than the Warriors ran off 10 consecutive factors, with a pair of layups by Inexperienced and a 3 by each Curry and Thompson.

Looney began after Jonathan Kuminga had the earlier three video games following the harm to protect Gary Payton II. He broke his left elbow in a clumsy fall after being hit over the top by Brooks in Sport 2 that earned Brooks a Flagrant 2 foul and one-game suspension.

He was booed loudly once more at each likelihood by the sellout crowd at Chase Middle. When Payton was proven on the massive display screen throughout a first-quarter timeout he obtained a rousing ovation and touched his hand to his coronary heart earlier than encouraging them to get louder.

Memphis once more performed with out All-Star guard Ja Morant, who missed his third straight sport with a bone bruise in his troublesome proper knee that the Grizzlies blamed on Jordan Poole pulling on the knee whereas going for a unfastened ball in Sport 3.

Middle Steven Adams limped off gingerly on his proper ankle and headed to the locker room 3:23 earlier than halftime however returned. On the similar time, Brooks obtained a Flagrant foul 1 for taking down Curry and the Grizzlies ahead and Thompson have been hit with double technicals.

Thompson, again shining within the playoffs after his 2 1/2-year absence with a pair of significant accidents, notched his fourth profession postseason sport with eight 3s — tying Ray Allen, Curry, and Damian Lillard for many in NBA historical past.

Grizzlies: Brooks had three flagrant factors and completed one from an automated one-game suspension. … Memphis missed its ultimate 10 pictures of the second quarter. … The Grizzlies held a 55-37 rebounding benefit in Sport 5.

Warriors: Curry was 6 for 17 from deep. … Looney’s 11 first-quarter rebounds are a profession excessive for any quarter they usually match a Warriors playoff file within the group’s West Coast was additionally completed by Larry Smith on Might 12, 1987, on the street vs. the Lakers. … F Otto Porter Jr. was out with soreness in his proper foot. … Veteran Andre Iguodala, nonetheless sidelined with a left cervical disc harm, is scheduled to be re-evaluated once more later subsequent week.

The Warriors had a playoff sport on Friday the thirteenth for simply the second time in franchise historical past, beforehand after they beat the Bucks 100-86 on April 13, 1973, in Sport 6 of the Western Convention semifinals to clinch the sequence 4-2, in response to Elias. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar scored a game-high 27 factors and led the Bucks with 14 rebounds. Jim Barnett scored 26 for the Warriors.

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