Last time the Warriors entered the West Conference Finals was way back in 1976. This time they earned the status of the best team of the regular season and retained their momentum in the post-season playoffs by winning the semifinal series 4-2 against the Memphis Grizzlies. Golden State Warriors won 108-95 in game 6 on Friday at Memphis to cruise to the Conference Finals where the Houston Rockets await them.
Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry and his teammates shot 14 or more three-pointers in 3 consecutive games in the series. Warriors became the first post-season team to do so in NBA history since 1985. In game 6, Curry shot 8 of 13 three-pointers, and the Warriors’ shooting from beyond the arc even bettered their regular season display. Curry scored 32 points; that include his first playoff double-double and beat the third quarter buzzer with a 62-feet curler. Klay Thompson added 20 to the winners score and Draymond Green contributed 16.
“It’s been a long time,” Draymond Green said of Warriors’ triumph. “This team set goals at the beginning of the year, and obviously in order to reach those goals we have to cross that path. To be at this point is phenomenal, and we are thankful to be here. But we also know that we have a lot of work left to do.”
Apart from sealing a Conference final berth, The warriors have also earned some rest ahead of it by finishing off he series in game 6.
“So it’s going to be nice for us to have (Saturday) off and have a couple of days to prepare,” Warriors’ coach Steve Kerr said. “As I’ve said all year, you have to enjoy this as you go. Each step you have to sit back and reflect a little bit, and we’ve got a couple of days to do so.”