Curry and Thompson send Warriors to Western Conference Finals

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Klay Thompson knocked down eight 3-pointers on the way to 30 points, Stephen Curry scored 29 with six 3s, and the Golden State Warriors advanced to the Western Conference Finals by beating the Memphis Grizzlies 110- 96 in Game 6 on Friday night.

Curry found his shooting touch late and made two consecutive baskets late in the third for a 78-77 lead in the final 12 minutes. Draymond Green contributed 14 points, 16 rebounds and eight assists. Kevon Looney grabbed 22 rebounds and Andrew Wiggins scored 10 of 18 points in the fourth with a timely pair of 3s.

Golden State — eliminated by Memphis in the Qualifying Tournament last year — weathered a grueling streak to advance to the Conference Finals for the first time since 2019, when the franchise reached its fifth straight NBA Finals before losing to Toronto in the deciding Game 6. .

“Woop that trick!” the delighted and boisterous home crowd chanted in the final moments, flying the fans away from Memphis.

Dillon Brooks scored 30 points with a career-high seven 3-pointers but picked up his second flagrant foul of the series. Desmond Bane added 25.

Curry came back for the final 8:21 and delivered a 3 with 5:45 remaining on a nice bouncing pass from Green. Looney found Green for an easy dunk next time out, capping a 10-0 decisive run.

After Wednesday’s 134-95 debacle on the Grizzlies’ home court in which they trailed by as much as 55 points, the Warriors were determined to do everything better, especially reducing the 22 turnovers leading to 29 points.

Bane scored the game’s first two baskets before the Warriors went 10 straight, with a pair of layups from Green and a 3 from Curry and Thompson.

Looney started after Jonathan Kuminga played the previous three games after guard Gary Payton II was injured. He broke his left elbow in a clumsy fall after being hit in the head by Brooks in game 2, earning Brooks a flagrant foul 2 and a one-game suspension.

He was again loudly booed at every opportunity by the sold-out Chase Center crowd. When Payton was shown on the big screen during a first quarter timeout, he received a cheering ovation and held his heart out before encouraging them to make more noise.

Memphis again played without All-Star guard Ja Morant, who missed his third straight game with an embarrassing bone bruise in his right knee that the Grizzlies blamed on Jordan Poole pulling on the knee as he searched for a loose ball in game 3.

Center Steven Adams limped gingerly on his right ankle and headed for the locker room 3:23 before halftime but came back. Meanwhile, Brooks received a flagrant 1 foul for taking out Curry and the Grizzlies and Thompson forward was hit with a technical double.

THOMPSON’S TOUCH

Thompson, back bright in the playoffs after his 2½-year absence with a pair of serious injuries, notched his fourth career postseason game with eight 3s – tying Ray Allen, Curry and Damian Lillard for the most in NBA history.

TIPS

Grizzlies: Brooks had three blatant runs and finished one following an automatic one-game suspension. … Memphis missed its last 10 shots in the second quarter. … The Grizzlies held a 55-37 rebounding advantage in Game 5.

Warriors: Curry was 6 of 17 from deep. … Looney’s 11 rebounds in the first quarter are a career high for any quarter and match a Warriors playoff record in the team’s West Coast era also achieved by Larry Smith on 12 May 1987, on the road against the Lakers. … F Otto Porter Jr. was out with pain in his right foot. … Veteran Andre Iguodala, still sidelined with a left cervical disc injury, is expected to be reevaluated again later next week.

FRIDAY 13

The Warriors played in a Friday the 13th playoff game for only the second time in franchise history, previously when they beat the Bucks 100-86 on April 13, 1973, in Game 6 of the Conference Semifinals. West to clinch the series 4-2, according to Elias. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar scored a game-high 27 points and led the Bucks with 14 rebounds. Jim Barnett scored 26 for the Warriors.

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