Klay Thompson’s impressive performance included eight 3-pointers, leading him to a total of 30 points. Stephen Curry also contributed significantly with 29 points and six 3-pointers. During the late stage of the third quarter Curry regained his shooting accuracy scoring two consecutive basket and leading the team to a 78-77 lead heading into the final 12 minute. In addition to Thompson and Curry impressive effort, Draymond Green recorded 14 point 16 rebound and eight assist throughout the game. Kevon Looney two 3 pointer helped Andrew Wiggins score 10 of his 18 point in the fourth quarter.
Last year Golden State survived a tumultuous series to reach the conference final for the first time since 2019 when they advanced to their fifth straight NBA Final before falling in Game 6 to Toronto.
In the conference final the Warriors will face off against the victor of Phoenix Dallas matchup. The series will conclude on Sunday in Phoenix with Game 7.
Whoop that trick shouted an enthralled home crowd as they made their escape from Memphis.
Dillon Brook scored 30 point including a career high seven 3 pointer but was flagged for the second time in the series. Desmond Bane added 25 point.
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 playoff 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 pointer in NBA history.
Grizzlies: Brook had three flagrant point and was one game away from receiving an automatic one game ban. Memphis final ten shot 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 11 first quarter rebound are a career high for any quarter and they tie a Warrior playoff record set by Larry Smith on the road against the Lakers on 12 May 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 Warrior 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 playoff on 13 April 1973 to clinch the series 4-2. Kareem Abdul Jabbar led the Bucks with 14 rebound and a game high 27 point. For the Warriors Jim Barnett scored 26 point.
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