For the first time since 1976, the Golden State Warriors are headed to the Western Conference Finals. The Warriors were in full close-out mode and used a balance attack to take down the Grizzlies in a 108-95 victory and win the series 4-2.
Right from the onset, Golden State showed a sense of urgency and intensity on both ends the floor. It was a splash party in the first quarter as Splash Brothers, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combined for six three-pointers and outscored Memphis on their own 22-19.
On top of Curry and Thompson's individual production, the offense flourished as the Warriors played unselfish basketball with beautiful ball movement and great reads off of screens, cuts, and rolls.
The Warriors also utilized a variation of the elevator play to perfection and set up the easy look.
And of course, Curry pulled a signature step-back three.
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However, the Warriors' mini scoring drought in the third quarter allowed the Grizzlies to slowly chip away at the lead. Golden State installed small-lineups for most of the game and went with quick double teams when the ball entered the post. As Andrew Bogut and Draymond Green dealt with foul trouble, Memphis finally did some damage.
In spite of this, Andre Iguodala played a key role in helping Golden State hold the diminishing lead with a couple of three-point daggers. Even as momentum seemed to gradually shift to the Grizzlies side, Curry's ridiculous 62 foot heave to close out the quarter would quiet the crowd.
Golden State's second unit went on a huge run to start the fourth quarter to extend the game to double-digits. As Memphis desperately tried to keep its season alive, the Warriors' sharpshooting would prevail. Led by Curry's 32 points, 10 assists, six rebounds, and eight threes (playoff career high), the Warriors' battled through adversity and proved why they are the best team.
Apart from Curry, other Warriors provided solid contributions as well. Thompson added 20 points and eight rebounds while Green chipped in with a double-double of 16 points and 12 rebounds. Reserves Iguodala and Shaun Livingston dropped nine points/seven assists and 10 points respectively.
Grizzlies' Marc Gasol had 21 points, 15 rebounds, and five blocks in the losing effort. Meanwhile, Tony Allen played 5 minutes and did not return in the second half.
Golden State will now face the winner of the Houston-Los Angeles series. The first game of the Western Conference Finals will take place at the Oracle Arena on Tuesday 6:00 p.m. PST on ESPN.
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