The Golden State Warriors moved to the Western Conference finals after defeating the Memphis Grizzlies 110-96 in Game 6 on Friday night. Klay Thompson hit eight 3-pointers en route to 30 points, while Stephen Curry added 29 points and six 3-pointers.
Curry rediscovered his shooting touch late in the third quarter, making two straight baskets to take a 78-77 lead into the final 12 minutes. In the game, Draymond Green had 14 points, 16 rebounds, and eight assists. Andrew Wiggins scored 10 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter, including a pair of clutch 3-pointers from Kevon Looney.
Golden State, which was eliminated in the play-in tournament 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 straight NBA Finals before falling in Game 6 to Toronto.
In the conference finals, the Warriors will meet the winner of the Phoenix-Dallas matchup. The series will conclude on Sunday in Phoenix with Game 7.
“Whoop that trick!” screamed the ecstatic, rowdy home crowd in the last minutes of the fans’ escape from Memphis.
Dillon Brooks scored 30 points, including a career-high seven 3-pointers, but was flagged 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. The following time down, Looney found Green for an easy dunk, sealing a decisive 10-0 run.
The Warriors were determined 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.
The Warriors outrebounded the Grizzlies 70-44, becoming the first team in a playoff game to get 70 rebounds since San Antonio had 75 against Denver on May 4, 1983. Golden State Warriors
TOUCH OF THOMPSON
Thompson, who returned to the playoffs after a two-and-a-half-year sabbatical due to a pair of 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’ final ten shots in the second quarter were all missed. In Game 5, the Grizzlies had a 55-37 rebounding advantage.
Warriors: Curry was 6 for 17 from beyond the arc. Looney’s 11 first-quarter rebounds are a career high 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 still out due to a left cervical disc injury, will be assessed again later next week.
FRIDAY THE 13TH
According to Elias, the Warriors had a playoff game on Friday the 13th for only the second time in team history, when they beat the Bucks 100-86 in Game 6 of the Western Conference playoffs on April 13, 1973, to clinch 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.