Stephen Curry and Draymond Inexperienced capped triple-double performances via combining at the game-clinching hoop in time beyond regulation Monday night time because the Golden State Warriors finished a four-game sweep of the host Portland Path Blazers within the Western Convention finals with a 119-117 victory.
Might 20, 2019; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Path Blazers guard CJ McCollum (Three) drives to the basket towards Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) throughout the primary part in sport 4 of the Western convention finals of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Moda Middle. Obligatory Credit score: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports activities
The win vaults the Warriors into their 5th consecutive NBA Finals. They’ll wait for the Jap Convention winner between Milwaukee and Toronto, with both the Greenbacks or Raptors keeping the home-court benefit within the best-of-seven collection.
Golden State, the two-time protecting champion, joins the Boston Celtics (1957-66) as the one groups ever to succeed in 5 consecutive NBA Finals.
Enjoying with out Andre Iguodala, Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins, the Warriors led simply 116-115 prior to Curry noticed Inexperienced open for a Three-pointer that driven the Golden State result in 4 with simply 39.6 seconds last in OT.
Damian Lillard were given Portland inside of 119-117 with 32.eight seconds left with a using hoop, and the Path Blazers were given the ball again after Curry ignored on the different finish.
Alternatively, Lillard had a shot blocked via Inexperienced, and after Portland were given the ball out of bounds with 2.five seconds left, Lillard misfired on a desperation Three-pointer, finishing the Path Blazers’ season.
Curry completed with 37 issues, 13 rebounds and 11 assists. Inexperienced chipped in with 18 issues, 14 rebounds and 11 assists because the Warriors received their 6th immediately sport total and their 10th immediately playoff sport towards Portland.
The triple-doubles have been the primary via teammates in NBA postseason historical past. Inexperienced’s was once his fourth of this postseason, whilst Curry’s was once his first.
Klay Thompson had 17 issues, and Alfonzo McKinnie and Kevon Looney contributed 12 apiece for the Warriors, who received their 11th immediately playoff collection.
Meyers Leonard poured in a career-best 30 issues, Lillard had 28 and CJ McCollum added 26 for the Path Blazers, who had staved off removing two times of their earlier collection towards the Denver Nuggets.
Zach Collins had 10 issues off the bench for Portland, which misplaced in spite of outscoring the Warriors 48-36 on Three-pointers.
The Path Blazers led 69-65 at halftime, then for the primary time within the remaining 3 video games have been ready to construct upon it within the 3rd quarter.
With McCollum scoring 11 issues and Lillard 9, Portland went up via as many as 17 issues overdue within the length at 95-78 on a jumper via Leonard. That hoop capped a 10-Zero run.
However the Warriors chipped away, first via scoring the remaining 9 issues of the 3rd quarter to near inside of 95-87, after which drawing even at 104-all on a layup via Curry with four:34 to play.
The sport was once tied at 106 and 111 prior to the groups went the general 1:48 with out scoring.
Each and every group had a overdue shot at a legislation win, however Curry traveled prior to nailing a Three-pointer with 10.7 seconds left, and Lillard couldn’t convert a pressure in visitors within the ultimate 2nd.
The Path Blazers, who had double-digit leads at halftime in each Sport 2 and Sport Three, were given the simpler of the primary 24 mins once more, with Leonard contributing 25 issues to a four-point lead.
The 25 issues via Leonard already have been greater than he’d ever scored in an entire sport, common season or postseason. He earlier profession prime was once 24 at Oklahoma Town in 2015.
The Warriors trailed via as many as 12 within the opening part however stored inside of arm’s period due to Curry, who matched Leonard’s 25 issues prior to the smash.
—Box Stage Media