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Warriors beat Celtics in Game 6 to win NBA championship – San Francisco Chronicle

Behind 34 points from Curry and a 21-0 first-half run, the Warriors beat the Boston Celtics 103-90 in Game 6 on Thursday at TD Garden to win their fourth title in eight seasons.

Curry pointed to his ring finger after burying a 3-pointer to put the Warriors up by 22 points in the third quarter, and then helped hold off the Celtics after they rallied to within eight points in the final frame. 

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10:30 p.m.: Takeaways from the game: The Warriors didn’t get a typical Game 6 performance out of Klay Thompson. Thanks to Stephen Curry, they didn’t need it, C.J. Holmes writes. Curry bounced back from his Game 5 struggles in a major way, scoring 34 points and knocking down 6 of 11 3-pointers. Nine of those points came in the third quarter, 13 in the fourth. He also finished with seven rebounds and seven assists in 40 minutes. 

10 p.m.: Curry’s ‘crowning achievement’: To win this game and have a shot at a title, Scott Ostler writes, the Celtics knew they had to stop the Warriors’ nuclear weapon, and they were doing that. They went at Stephen Curry with the league’s Defensive Player of the Year, Marcus Smart, and a tough posse. But Curry had the antidote. Patience. And trust. Patience in his own game, and trust in his team. 

8:43 p.m.: Stephen Curry wins the Bill Russell NBA Finals MVP Award, filling one of the only voids in his NBA career resume. Andre Iguodala won it for the Warriors in 2015, and Kevin Durant in 2017 and ’18. Curry averaged 31.2 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists per game in the Finals.

8:40 p.m. DYNASTY RESTORED: By beating the Celtics 103-90 in Game 6 of the Finals, Golden State authored a fitting ending to the most unexpected chapter of this dynasty, Connor Letourneau writes. Just 36 months ago, after being undone by torn ligaments, physical and emotional exhaustion, and the Raptors’ raw power in the 2019 Finals, scribes hastily eulogized one of the NBA’s most memorable runs. Now, those obituaries look silly as the Warriors prepare for another championship parade.

8:24 p.m.: Night-night. Stephen Curry buries a 3-pointer and gives his famous celebration with 3:17 left. Moments later, Curry’s two free throws put Golden State up 101-86 with a minute and a half remaining. Fans are starting to file out of TD Garden.

8:15 p.m.: Just when Jaylen Brown’s 3-pointer cut the Celtics’ deficit to eight, sending TD Garden into a tizzy, Andrew Wiggins answered it with a triple. Boston is scrapping to stay it in, but running out of time. Stephen Curry smells blood — and his first Finals MVP. He takes Al Horford off the dribble for a layup, and the Warriors lead 93-81 with 3:32 remaining. Curry has a game-high 27 points (11-for-19 from the field), six assists and seven rebounds.

8:09 p.m.: Jordan Poole has 15 points off the bench in Game 6 of the NBA Finals so far. A stunning ascent for a player who was one relegated to the G League and dismissed by some as a “bust.” Though his postseason has had its ups and downs, his contributions to getting Golden State to this point, the cusp of a championship, are undeniable. 

8:02 p.m.: Gary Payton II is back in for the Warriors and making plays, elevating for a two-handed slam to keep the pressure on Boston. He has a team-best plus-minus of plus-19 in 17 minutes.

7:58 p.m. Warriors lead 76-66 after third quarter

Ron Kroichick, staff writer: The Warriors, and specifically Stephen Curry and Draymond Green, threatened to bust Game 6 wide open early in the third quarter. Green is playing with renewed vigor, gathering rebounds and racing upcourt to create open shots for his teammates (and occasionally himself). Curry is taking full advantage, as evident in the one 3-pointer he practically launched from Cape Cod — and punctuated by turning to the crowd and pointing to his ring finger. That shot stretched Golden State’s lead to 72-50, but then the Warriors became sloppy and the Celtics trimmed their deficit to 10 points heading to the fourth quarter. Boston’s surge brought the TD Garden crowd back into the picture. The Warriors will need to keep their poise in the fourth quarter, and take care of the ball, to secure another championship.

7:50 p.m.: The Celtics are not ready to surrender a ring to Stephen Curry. They go on a 12-2 run after his put-a-ring-on-it 3-pointer celebration to close their deficit to 12 points. Golden State leads 74-62 with 1:25 left in the third.

7:33 p.m.: Stephen Curry launches from the NBA Finals logo at quarter-court and splashes it to give the Warriors a 72-50 lead, their largest of the game, with 6:12 left in the third quarter. Afterward, Curry not so subtly points to his ring finger. After missing all nine of his 3-point attempts a game earlier, he is now 5-for-6 from beyond the arc and has a game-high 21 points. 

7:28 p.m.: Draymond Green is feeling it. He makes his second 3-pointer, marking just the third game all season in which he has made two triples. They won both of those previous games, if you were curious. Green has eight points, seven rebounds and five assists. Golden State leads 60-44 with about eight minutes left in the third.

7:10 p.m. Warriors lead 54-39 at halftime

Ann Killion, columnist: Who knows how the second half will play out, but this has got to be demoralizing for the Celtics. Everything went their way in the first few moments, they built a 14-2 lead and then got blitzed with a historic 21-0 Warriors run and are trailing by 15 at the half, and their fans booed and you could hear a “let’s go Warriors” chant break out. Jordan Poole decided to throw a Poole party in the Charles River, but the catalyst of this game is Draymond Green who is dominating in pace, defense and attitude. He is well on his way to a triple double. This looks like championship DNA in action.

Scott Ostler, columnist: Warriors’ 2-man bench is killing the Celtics dead. Gary Payton II is plus-17 in 12 minutes, superduper annoying. Jordan Poole has 11 points. Celtics’ bench has 2 (two) points total.

7:06 p.m.: More bad news for Boston: Their most prolific scorer, Jayson Tatum, picks up his third foul, and the Celtics are up to 12 turnovers. Reminder: They’re 1-7 this postseason when turning it over 16 times or more. Golden State’s lead has grown to 54-37 with about a minute to go before halftime. 

6:55 p.m.: Boston finally ends the drought with Jaylen Brown’s 3-pointer out of the timeout, and the teams are back to trading baskets, but turnovers are becoming a problem. The Celtics are up to nine giveaways, with Draymond Green and Andrew Wiggins (three steals) causing havoc on defense. Warriors lead 47-33 with 4:36 left in the second quarter after Stephen Curry’s second 3-pointer.

6:43 p.m.: This is a remarkable turnaround for Golden State. The Warriors are riding a 21-0 run after opening the second quarter with scoring inside and out: two 3-pointers from Jordan Poole and a layup and dunk from Andrew Wiggins. With the Warriors leading 37-22, the Celtics call time out as they try to stop this game, and their season, from spiraling out of their control. Poole leads Golden State with 11 points on 4-for-5 shooting. 

6:37 p.m. Warriors lead 27-22 after first quarter

Connor Letourneau, senior NBA writer: In one quarter, we saw the Warriors’ two extremes. There was the disjointed part in which Golden State dug a quick 14-2 hole. Then, there was the free-flowing Warriors who followed that up with a 25-8 run to seize a five-point lead. Golden State didn’t do anything out of the ordinary during that big blitz; it just tightened up defensively and started executing its offense. The Warriors have to feel good about their chances of winning a title tonight.

6:33 p.m.: Draymond Green made a 3-pointer. That is not a typo. After missing his first 12 attempts of the Finals, Green makes one with 1:20 remaining. Stephen Curry follows it with his first 3-pointer since Game 4, and Jordan Poole adds another from deep to cap a 9-0 run, giving the Warriors a 27-22 lead after a first quarter in which they once trailed by 12.

6:28 p.m.: Gary Payton II always seems to give the Warriors a lift. Payton rebounds his own missed 3-pointer for a layup and has the team’s last five points, making it 22-18. Boston is up to four turnovers, significant because the Celtics are 1-7 this postseason when committing 16 or more.

6:27 p.m.: Game 6 Klay is on hold. Thompson, with five points and two fouls in 6:36, subs out of the game for Gary Payton II. Meanwhile, Stephen Curry is off to a slow start, 1-for-3 without a 3-pointer with three minutes to go in the quarter. Warriors trail 20-16.

6:19 p.m.: The Warriors stop the bleeding. Andrew Wiggins makes Golden State’s first 3 of the game, and Klay Thompson follows up with a midrange jumper to pull within 14-7. Kevon Looney subbed in for Otto Porter Jr. about a minute earlier than usual 

6:17 p.m.: Klay Thompson picks up his second foul little more than three minutes into the game. Steve Kerr will keep him in.

6:14 p.m.: Back-to-back 3-pointers from Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum give the Celtics a quick 12-2 lead. Brown has been terrific in stretches. If those two can keep it going, the Warriors are in trouble. Golden State calls timeout with 9:25 left in the first quarter. 

5:42 p.m.: The Warriors have won the last two games with Otto Porter Jr. in the starting lineup, and that’s where he’ll be tonight. Porter, who was plus-6 in Game 5 after going minus-1 in Game 4, has been coming out around the seven-minute mark for Kevon Looney.

5:35 p.m. Fans swarm Chase Center for watch party: The basketball game will be played 3,000 miles away, but Warriors’ fans are heading to Chase Center on Thursday afternoon to will their team to victory. By 5 p.m., lines were growing longer to get inside the arena to watch a broadcast of the action from TD Garden in Boston on Chase Center’s enormous video screens. Tickets for the official watch party cost $25 and the team was expecting a sellout crowd of 15,907.

Paul Wong carries a sign to the Game 6 watch party of the NBA Finals televised at Chase Center, Thursday, June 16, 2022, in San Francisco, Calif. Chase Center hosted the watch party with the game between the Golden State Warriors and Boston Celtics televised on their arena scoreboard as well as outdoors at Thrive City's digital display.

Paul Wong carries a sign to the Game 6 watch party of the NBA Finals televised at Chase Center, Thursday, June 16, 2022, in San Francisco, Calif. Chase Center hosted the watch party with the game between the Golden State Warriors and Boston Celtics televised on their arena scoreboard as well as outdoors at Thrive City’s digital display.

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5:25 p.m. Final thoughts before the game?

C.J. Holmes, Warriors beat reporter: The Warriors are 0-3 in close-out games on the road in these playoffs, while the Celtics are 3-0 in elimination games. With that in mind, I think Boston somehow pulls it together in Game 6 behind that TD Garden crowd and finds a way to force a Game 7 back in San Francisco. I’m sure the league would love that. The Celtics have everything to lose while Golden State has two chances to win one game. I think the more desperate team gets the victory tonight.

Ann Killion, columnist: Was Draymond Green playing some mind games with the Boston Celtics when he said that this Finals opponent doesn’t come close to playing against LeBron James? He praised the Celtics talent and basketball IQ Wednesday, but finished by saying, “the challenge is there, but you can’t put it up there against LeBron’s. Like I said he’s probably the smartest guy we’ve ever seen play basketball.” That’s true. Also true: Green and James are business partners off the court. But some may argue this Celtics team is a more complete team than any of James’ Cleveland teams that the Warriors faced four consecutive years. Though Boston is lacking a dominant alpha player like James. Was Green disrespecting Boston? Will Boston take it as bulletin-board material? Nobody needs anything to get fired up for an elimination game. But no matter what happens in this series, safe to say this young and talented Celtics team is going to be elite for awhile.

Ron Kroichick, staff writer: As usual, it feels like we’ll know the psychological state of the Warriors in the first five minutes of Game 6. If they whip the ball around the court and Stephen Curry sinks his first two 3-point shots, well, polish up the Larry O’Brien trophy. But if they carelessly throw the ball away and look scattered on defense — then polish up Chase Center for Game 7 on Sunday. That said, the Warriors have flipped the closing script in the past two games — they were plus-18 in the fourth quarter of Games 4 and 5, after going minus-40 in the fourth quarter of Games 1 through 3. So if the Warriors keep it close, Curry will have a chance to cement his team’s legacy down the stretch.

Connor Letourneau, senior NBA writer: The Warriors really want to get this thing done tonight. Though they would probably be favored in a Game 7 in San Francisco, they know that anything could happen in a Game 7. That being said, winning Game 6 won’t be easy. The Celtics have the ultimate motivation (keeping their season alive), and they’ll be emboldened by a raucous TD Garden crowd. However, I still expect the Warriors to become the first team since the 1985 Lakers to win a title on Boston’s parquet. I think they’ve figured out how to make life difficult on Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. Given that Golden State has proven it can beat the Celtics in a variety of ways, I’m not sure there’s any tactical adjustment Boston can make to throw the Warriors out of sync.

Scott Ostler, columnist: If inner-cool could be measured, Steph Curry would peg the meter at Chilly Willie. That will be the difference tonight. But he’s sloppy! Sure, Curry’s got 13 turnovers in 5 games, but Jayson Tatum has 18. Another cool cat: Andrew Wiggins. In the end tonight, the Warriors will out-Miles-Davis the Celtics.

5:10 p.m.: After going 0-for-9 from 3-point range in Game 5, Stephen Curry can still shoot a basketball from distance, The Chronicle has confirmed through this pregame footage of him draining four consecutive shots from the logo.

4:45 p.m.: Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins got an early taste of how the TD Garden crowd will treat him after his dominant 26-point, 13-rebound performance in Game 5 at Chase Center. 

4 p.m. The many roads Warriors players have traveled: This team is a collection of individuals who have overcome obstacles and injuries, hurdles and doubt, columnist Ann Killion writes. Contrary to how the Warriors often are portrayed, this is no anointed golden team, for which everything has come easily.

3:18 p.m. C.J. Holmes’ keys to Game 6: The Celtics will try to keep the game out of Stephen Curry’s control by any means. Meaning, Klay Thompson should get his fair share of scoring opportunities. The Warriors will need him to show up. … It will be interesting to see if the Celtics keep the same defensive approach on Curry or switch things up again. They could probably live with a 26-point performance from Andrew Wiggins. … The Celtics are favored to win Game 6 for a reason. Their backs are against the wall and TD Garden will be rocking.

Jon Schultz is The San Francisco Chronicle’s deputy sports editor. Email: [email protected] Twitter: @JonSchultzSF

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