It’s going to be the Golden State Warriors vs the Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James vs Stephen Curry in the NBA 2014-15 Finals. Forty years of waiting has ended for the Warriors as they edged past the Houston Rockets 4-1 in game 5 to wrap up the best of seven Western Conference Final series 4-1 on Wednesday night. The Warriors advances to the finals for the first time since 1975.
Most Valuable Player of the tournament Stephen Curry once more led Golden State to arrive at a point where they wished to be for so long. Curry scored 26 and Harrison Barnes added 24 as the Warriors cruised home 104-90 despite a slow start. As they reached the moment of glory, the Warriors appeared to be shaky and unnerved. The Warriors led 52-46 at half-time.
“The Bay Area’s been waiting for 40 years,” Curry said after receiving the Conference champions trophy. “I think it’s time.”
“We deserve to celebrate tonight but we’ve still got unfinished business and it’s a long time coming for the Bay Area,” All-Star Klay Thompson said.
All the five starters of Houston returned with at least 10 points. MVP runner-up James Harden would like to forget his final game this season. Harden scored 14 points and had a play-off record 13 turnovers. Dwight Howard led the Rockets with 18 points and 16 rebounds.
“The guys fought hard,” Rockets coach Kevin McHale said. “One thing about the team is that they were battlers, and a lot of guys in that room you feel pretty comfortable going to war with.”
The NBA Finals shall kick off on June 4.