August 20, 2022

The Golden State Warriors are NBA champions again.

After missing the playoffs for two straight seasons, the Warriors beat the Boston Celtics in six games to claim their fourth NBA title since 2014-15. Guard Stephen Curry had 34 points in the 103-90 victory to lead the Warriors on the road after trailing 14-2 in the first four minutes of Game 6. He was named Bill Russell NBA Finals MVP for the first time in his 13- season career.

Relive a series of thrilling finals between the Warriors and the Celtics here.

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NBA FINALS

Game 1: Celtics 120, Warriors 108

Game 2: Warriors 107, Celtics 88

Game 3: Celtics 116, Warriors 100

Game 4: Warriors 107, Celtics 97

Game 5: Warriors 104, Celtics 94

Game 6: Warriors 103, Celtics 90

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Steph Curry leads the champagne bath for Golden State as the Warriors take the party to their locker room.

Game 6: Warriors 103, Celtics 90

Leaders

  • Points: Jaylen Brown, Celtics/Stephen Curry, Warriors – 34 points

  • Rebounds: Al Horford, Celtics – 14 rebounds

  • Assists: Marcus Smart, Celtics – 9 assists

Game Box Score 6 | Match 6 Highlights

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The seven moments that sparked the return of the Golden State Warriors dynasty

A sixth star man. A Luka cap. A tantalizing new entry. And a masterpiece of the finale. Here are the critical moments that brought Golden State back a championship, writes Kevin Arnovitz.

Golden State Warriors end Boston Celtics for fourth NBA title in eight years

The Warriors won their first championship since 2018 and became the first team to win four titles over an eight-season span since the Chicago Bulls won six from 1991-1998, writes Kendra Andrews.

Game 5: Warriors 104, Celtics 94

Leaders

  • Points: Jayson Tatum, Celtics – 27 points

  • Rebounds: Andrew Wiggins, Warriors – 13 rebounds

  • Assists: Stephen Curry, Warriors – 8 assists

Game Box Score 5 | Match 5 Highlights

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With Steph Curry hot going cold, Warriors find strength in numbers again

Despite a night off the superstar guard, the Warriors moved a title win behind a familiar formula, writes Kevin Arnovitz.


How the Golden State Warriors are stifling the Boston Celtics game plan

Golden State is crowded, frustrating and forcing Boston into a bunch of turnovers – and that’s tipping the NBA Finals, writes Brian Windhorst.

Game 4: Warriors 107, Celtics 97

Leaders

  • Points: Stephen Curry, Warriors – 43 points

  • Rebounds: Andrew Wiggins, Warriors – 16 rebounds

  • Assists: Draymond Green, Warriors – 8 assists

Game Box Score 4 | Match 4 Highlights

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Stephen Curry puts Golden State on the back for even the series

An epic performance from the two-time MVP returns the series to San Francisco itself at 2-2, writes Kevin Arnovitz.


Why the Warriors and Celtics badly need their big men

Finals could be determined by the availability and effectiveness of Draymond Green, Kevon Looney and Robert Williams III, writes Brian Windhorst.

Game 3: Celtics 116, Warriors 100

Leaders

  • Points: Stephen Curry, Warriors – 31 points

  • Rebounds: Robert Williams III, Celtics — 10 rebounds

  • Assists: Jayson Tatum, Celtics – 9 assists

Game Box Score 3 | Match 3 Highlights

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Boston bully ball beats Golden State small ball

Boosted by the home crowd, Boston came out strong and asserted their will on the inside en route to a Game 3 win, writes Kevin Arnovitz.


Steph Curry is in uncharted territory – an NBA Finals underdog

The Warriors point guard is the best player in this series, but the young Boston Celtics are the favorites. writes Brian Windhorst.

Game 2: Warriors 107, Celtics 88

Leaders

  • Points: Stephen Curry, Warriors – 29 points

  • Rebounds: Al Horford, Celtics – 8 rebounds

  • Assists: Draymond Green, Warriors – 7 assists

Game Box Score 2 | Match 2 Highlights

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Draymond Green roars and sets the tone for Golden State Warriors Game 2 win

Green promised everything would be different after Boston’s Game 1 win as the annoying forward showed up wherever he was needed to even the series, writes Tim Keown.


Warriors use patented second-half blitz to tie playoffs with Celtics

After blowing a 15-point lead — and a stellar 34-point performance from Curry — the Warriors refused to repeat the mistakes they made in Game 1 in a blowout Game 2 win, writes Kevin Arnovitz .

Game 1: Celtics 120, Warriors 108

Leaders

  • Points: Stephen Curry, Warriors – 34 points

  • Rebounds: Draymond Green, Warriors – 11 rebounds

  • Assists: Jayson Tatum, Celtics – 13 assists

Game Box Score 1 | Match 1 Highlights

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The bold changes that led to a Celtics victory in Game 1

Brad Stevens has excelled in his new role as team chairman, helping Ime Udoka unlock the potential of young Celtics, writes Brian Windhorst.


The Celtics took a page from the Warriors playbook to win Game 1

Down 12 points after another strong third quarter for the Warriors, the Celtics’ historic shot fueled an unprecedented fourth-quarter comeback to steal Game 1, writes Kevin Arnovitz.

HOW THEY ARRIVED

Golden State Warriors

Regular season: 53-29, third in the Western Conference
First round: Def. Denver Nuggets 4-1
Second round: Def. Memphis Grizzlies 4-2
Conference Finals: Def. Dallas Mavericks 4-1

Boston Celtics

Regular season: 51-31, second in the Eastern Conference
First round: Def. Brooklyn Nets 4-0
Second round: Def. Milwaukee Bucks 4-3
Conference Finals: Def. Miami Heat 4-3

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