Andrew Wiggins gave Golden State the lead for good on a 3-pointer with 6:29 to go and the Warriors earned a sixth journey to the Western Conference finals up to now eight years with a 110-96 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday in Game 6 of their first-round collection in San Francisco.
Klay Thompson had a game-high-tying 30 factors, Stephen Curry added 29 and Kevon Looney led a dominant effort on the boards with a career-high 22 rebounds for the third-seeded Warriors, who efficiently rebounded from a 39-point shellacking in Game 5 at Memphis.
The Warriors, who gained three championships between 2015 and ’18 however missed the playoffs every of the previous two seasons, will face both top-seeded Phoenix or fourth-seeded Dallas within the Western finals. The Suns host the Mavericks in a decisive Game 7 on Sunday.
After neither crew led by greater than 9 factors in a tightly contested first three quarters, the edges traded the lead 3 times and blended in a pair of ties earlier than Wiggins buried his go-ahead 3-pointer for a 90-89 benefit.
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Wiggins then added a dunk, Curry a 3-pointer and Draymond Green a dunk off a Looney help as Golden State scored the subsequent seven factors to go up 97-89 with 5:04 remaining.
The second-seeded Grizzlies, who successfully misplaced home-court benefit within the best-of-seven collection with a house loss in Game 1, received no nearer than seven after that.
Thompson’s 30 factors got here on 11-for-22 capturing, together with 8-for-14 from 3-point vary. Curry hit 10 of his 27 pictures and 6 of his 17 3-point makes an attempt. They mixed for 14 of Golden State’s 20 3-pointers, because the Warriors outscored the Ja Morant-less Grizzlies 60-45 from past the arc.
Wiggins completed with 18 factors and Jordan Poole had 12 for Golden State. Green dished out a game-high-tying eight assists to enhance a 14-point, 15-rebound double-double.
Golden State overcame 19 turnovers by outrebounding Memphis 70-44, together with 25-10 on the offensive boards. Half of Looney’s 22 rebounds, eight greater than he’d ever beforehand recorded in a playoff sport and 4 greater than he ever had a regular-season sport, got here on the offensive finish.
Wiggins was a 3rd Warrior with double-digit rebounds, grabbing 10 to finish the crew’s second double-double.
Memphis’ Dillon Brooks, who served a one-game suspension earlier for a flagrant foul that knocked Gary Payton II out of the collection, matched Thompson for game-high scoring honors with 30 factors. He made 7 of 15 long-range makes an attempt.
Desmond Bane buried 4 3-pointers on a 25-point night time for the Grizzlies, whereas Jaren Jackson Jr. added 12 factors and 4 blocks. Steven Adams had a team-high 10 rebounds and Tyus Jones logged seven factors, eight assists and 9 rebounds.
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