The Golden State Warriors are back in the NBA Finals after beating the Dallas Mavericks 110-120 in Game 5 to become Western Conference champions by taking the series 4-1.
One of the fastest rebuilding in recent years is the one that has San Francisco back in contention for the Larry O’Brien Trophy. It was only three years that those from the ‘Golden State’ and their fans had to wait to return to the final series for the championship.
The most recent occasion occurred in 2019, when they lost 4-2 to the Toronto Raptors in what was their fifth consecutive appearance, as they had just played the 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers, winning three of them ( 2015, 2017 and 2018).
This will be the sixth NBA Finals appearance for the Warriors in the last eight years.
A key piece for the locals to dominate the match from the beginning and to establish a clear advantage on the scoreboard was shooting guard Klay Thomposon who finished the first half with 19 points, 16 of them in 13 minutes thanks to his 7-11 from the field and a 5-8 in triples. At the end of the game he had 32 points with 8-16 from the arc and 12-25 from the field.
According to ESPn Stats & Info research, Thompson recorded his 11th playoff game with 7 or more 3-pointers, the second-most all time. Only Stephen Curry has more (16).
His ‘Splash brother’, Stephen Curry was off during the first two quarters contributing only five points; however he dished out seven assists. At the end of the four periods, the ‘Chef’ contributed 15 units.
Meanwhile, the Mavs’ slow start cost them the result, as Mavs star Luka Doncic was limited to 6 points in the first half while Spencer Dinwiddie had 17 off the bench.
In the end, Doncic’s 28 points and Dinwiddie’s 26 were of little use, since the rest of the Texan cast had little contribution.