After an exceptional match in which the two teams clashed for 42 minutes, the Warriors finally have the last word. However, the Grizzlies have nothing to be ashamed of. They fought like devils and we will have to count on them in the coming seasons.
With Kevon Looney back in starting lineup, the Warriors are off to a great start for the first time in the series (16-8). Draymond Green is much more aggressive and Klay Thompson starts with a 3/3 from distance but 6 turnovers give Memphis 9 points. Thanks to the Brooks – Bane duo, the Grizzlies pass in front but in the wake of an intractable Kevon Looney on the rebound and a 7 out of 13 from a distance, Golden State takes the lead (30-26).
While a stunning left-handed pass from Jordan Poole leads to an award-winning new shot from Klay Thompson, the Grizzlies cash in without batting an eye. De’Anthony Melton and Brandon Clarke keep them in wait before two winning shots from Dillon Brooks launch a 4-0 thrill down the Chase Center (51-44)! Despite a party of lost balloons, the Dubs avoided taking a splinter and it was their turn to hold on, before responding with a 9-0, thanks to a struggling Stephen Curry, to regain the lead at half time (53 -51).
The crossover resumed with renewed vigor in the third quarter. Ten points on “Game 6 Klay” launch the Warriors but Dillon Brooks and Desmond Bane answer him to stay in touch (69-66). Golden State’s defense then increased in intensity with three stops in a row, but Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson chained three passes in the stands to keep the Grizzlies in play (74-68). Five points from Desmond Bane closed a 7-0 to Memphis who took the lead but Curry responded to give the Dubs a point ahead of the final quarter (78-77).
Klay Thompson and Dillon Brooks swap sweet things and the tension rises two octaves as each point is worth gold. While a winning shot from Desmond Bane gave Memphis a two-point lead, it was Andrew Wiggins who sounded the riot. He scores a 3-point shot, steals the ball from Brooks then goes to dunk, before making a new stop that leads to a Stephen Curry award-winning shot. 8-0 in 70 seconds (95-89)!
With six minutes left to play, these three possessions will rock the game. Suddenly, the Warriors’ attack picks up its pace and their defense removes the barbed wire! While Draymond Green and Kevon Looney are picking up offensive rebounds, the “Splash Brothers” have hit the mark from afar, most notably Stephen Curry who scored 11 points in his final minutes. The Dubs turn that initial 8-0 into a 23-7 to wrap up the match, as the Chase Center sings “Whoop That Trick” and goes to the conference final for the first time since 2019!
WHAT YOU MUST REMEMBER
– The tactical adaptation of the Warriors. Dominated on the inside by the return of Steven Adams, the Warriors have returned to the traditional five with Kevon Looney at the pivot. This change allowed them to control the rebound, but they also chased Memphis interns on the switches so they could attack them one-on-one and force the Grizzlies to spin to find open shots.
– Memphis misses an opportunity to take off. Behind for the first 18 minutes, the Grizzlies took Golden State’s award-winning shots and offensive rebounds without ever taking the water. Golden State’s many turnovers, coupled with Dillon Brooks’ long-distance address, then allowed them to pass a 14-0 opponent to take a seven-point lead. The next three minutes will therefore be crucial. As the Warriors continue to run and chain loose balls and force shots, the Grizzlies miss the chance to put their heads underwater. On the contrary, a flagrant foul on Dillon Brooks raises Golden State which ends the time with a 9-0.
– Andrew Wiggins’ decisive 70 seconds. With 6 minutes and 55 seconds to play, Desmond Bane made the atmosphere at the Chase Center unbreathable. His award-winning shot put the Grizzlies ahead, 89-87. With Curry struggling and Thompson looking for the hit, it was Andrew Wiggins who finally took responsibility. Memphis purposely left it open and, when the possession was over, replied to Bane. We don’t know yet but the Grizzlies will no longer pass in front. Wiggins continues with an interception, a dunk and a stop on Brooks. It is the four actions of him that will open the doors to Golden State and break the block on the defense of the Grizzlies.
– 25 offensive rebounds for Golden State. The battle for possessions was pivotal in this series. The Warriors lost ball after ball again, finishing with 19 total turnovers which gave the Grizzlies 18 points. However, they turned off the tap at the best moment, losing only two balls in the last quarter. Opposite, it was the offensive rebound that ended up killing Memphis. The Warriors finished the game with 25 offensive rebounds, including 11 in the last quarter. During the first three quarters, Golden State was unable to capitalize on its second chances. The situation has also changed in the last few minutes. The Warriors won the rebound battle 70-44 (!!), with 22 rebounds for Kevon Looney, including 11 offensive, 16 for Draymond Green and 10 for Andrew Wiggins. Between them, they took four more rebounds than in Memphis… Here is the) that the game and the series have been decided.
TOP / FLOPS
✅Kevon Looney. Returning to the starting lineup to face Steven Adams, Kevon Looney had the best performance of his career. He set a new career record with 22 rebounds, 11 of which offensive, playing 35 minutes, a record for him too. The Warriors can thank him.
✅Klay Thompson. The legend of “Game 6 Klay” continues! While his “Splash Brother” and Jordan Poole were on the road, it was he who provided the score, scoring 27 of his 30 points in the first three quarters. He finished the game 8 out of 14 from a distance. His intensity subsided at the Chase Center.
✅ Draymond Green. Unrecognizable in this series, the all-rounder was much more aggressive tonight, finishing with 14 points, 16 rebounds, 8 assists. He also limited Jaren Jackson Jr to 19/5 on hits!
✅Andrew Wiggins. “Maple Jordan” was out tonight, finishing with 18 points and 10 rebounds. He was decisive on both sides of the pitch.
✅Dillon Brooks. Whistled throughout the game, Dillon Brooks, who was 18% 3-point in the series, released a monstrous game. He finished as the Grizzlies’ top scorer with 30 points 7/15 from distance.
✅ Desmond Bane. He continued his momentum from Game 5 to release a game worthy of his season, finishing with 25 points with over 50% success.
✅ ⛔Stephen Curry. On the road for three quarters and with no rhythm, he came out of the pits at the best time to score 11 of his 29 points in the last six minutes to finish the job. He finished 10 out of 27 on shots.
⛔ Jordan Poole – Jaren Jackson Jr. The two former teammates have gone on offense. Poole finished 4/15 on shots, Jackson Jr 5/19.
The Warriors will play either the Suns or the Mavs in the Conference Finals.