BOSTON — The Golden State Warriors gave a master class on how to close out an NBA Finals on the road.
After a slow start in which the Boston Celtics opened up a 12-point lead, the Warriors took control with an offensive burst and defensive clinic that stunned the Celtics and silenced the crowd at TD Garden.
Golden State beat Boston 103-90 in Game 6 of the NBA Finals, claiming its fourth title in eight seasons and first since 2018.
Steph Curry, who demoralized Boston with her shots in the series, crushed the Celtics with 3-pointer after 3-pointer. He scored 34 points on 12-of-21 shooting, including 6-of-11 from 3-point range.
It was Curry’s fifth 30-point game in the Finals, earning him his first Finals MVP.
It was a brutal way for the Celtics to learn a lesson. They led 14-2 and a Game 7 seemed possible.
But the Warriors’ championship pedigree crushed Boston. Golden State went on a 35-8 run, built a 54-33 lead just before halftime and never allowed Boston to win a game in the second half.
Here are four key takeaways from Golden State’s title victory:
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From the team that revolutionized the 3-point shot in the NBA, it’s no surprise that the Warriors put on an exhibition of shooting from that distance.
By the end of the third quarter, the Warriors had made 16 3-pointers while shooting 53.3%.
While Curry led the charge, every Warriors starter, including Draymond Green, hit at least two 3-pointers. Andrew Wiggins made four 3-pointers and Jordan Poole had three off the bench.
Boston’s turnovers are problematic again
Celtics coach Ime Udoka lamented his team’s turnovers during the playoffs. He became a familiar refrain after nearly every Celtics loss.
In Game 6, Boston committed a series-high 23 turnovers, leading to 20 Warriors points. That followed 18 turnovers in Game 5, 16 in Game 4 and 19 in Game 2.
Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown each had five. In the fourth quarter, when the Celtics had a mini-run, they still had five turnovers, possessions that could have had an impact on the outcome.
Warriors team effort
Five Warriors scored in double figures. Poole had 15 points, Green had 12 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists and Wiggins punctuated his impressive Finals with 18 points, six rebounds, five assists, four steals and three blocks. His defense against Tatum and other Celtics was a major factor in Golden State’s championship.
Klay Thompson added 12 points.
As the series progressed, Golden State emerged with more offensive and defensive options, and the Celtics didn’t have enough answers for Curry, Golden State’s offensive and defensive depth and execution.
The offense dries up for the Celtics
Boston’s offense was inconsistent in the Finals, and Golden State deserves credit for that. The Warriors are physical, have good hands and solid perimeter defenders with Green anchoring the defense.
Scoring was tough for Tatum and Brown, and the Celtics struggled to find enough scorers after them. Tatum was 5-for-14, Marcus Smart was 2-for-9 and Derrick White was 1-for-6 shooting over three quarters.
Tatum had just 13 points, just two in the second half.
Had it not been for Al Horford’s 19-point, 14-rebound performance, the game would have been over long before both teams emptied their benches late in the fourth quarter.
Golden State’s bench outscored Boston’s 21-5.
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