The Oakland-based champions defeated LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers in six games.
For the Warriors and their fans, the Game 6 decision was the exclamation point on a dream-come-true season for the long-luckless team. After finishing their season 6715 with an average of 110 points per game, 26-year-old point guard Steph Curry was named league MVP. Warriors coach Steve Kerr is the only first-year head coach to lead his team to the title since Pat Riley in 1982.
The Warriors swept the New Orleans Pelicans in four games, then defeated the Memphis Grizzlies in six to face the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference Finals. A five-game run through the Rockets put them in their first NBA Finals series since 1976, where they faced the Cleveland Cavaliers, led by 4x MVP LeBron James.
The Warriors shot 44% on field goals and 38% on three-pointers in the Game 6 victory. Curry shot an unbelievable 98 three-pointers in 594 total points during the Warriors’ 21 playoff games. Curry’s right-hand man, Klay Thompson, had a relatively quiet playoffs run, shooting 40% on threes. Andre Igoudala, who was tasked with guarding the explosive LeBron James during the finals, was inarguably the most important piece to the Warriors Finals puzzle as FInals MVP.
The Warriors will return to Oakland with the team’s first championship since 1975. A Bay Area team last clinched a championship on their home field in 1974, when the A’s won the World Series. Read more…