After an extraordinary match where both teams were battered for 42 minutes, the Warriors finally had the last word. However, the Grizzlies have nothing to be ashamed of. They fought like demons and we have to count on them for the upcoming seasons.
With Kevon Looney back in the starting lineup, the Warriors made their best debut in the series (16-8). Draymond Green is much more aggressive, and Klay Thompson starts with 3/3 from distance, but 6 losses by the ball gives Memphis 9 points. Thanks to the Brooks-Bane duo, the Grizzlies pass up front but on the heels of the intractable Kevon Looney on rebounding and 7 of 13 from afar, Golden State leads (30-26).
While a superb left-hand pass from Jordan Poole results in a new award-winning shot from Klay Thompson, the Grizzlies grab the money without ever holding back. De’Anthony Melton and Brandon Clarke kept them in an ambush before two consecutive superb shots from a powerful 4-0 Dillon Brooks send a lull into Chase’s center (51-44)! Despite the missing Balloon Fest, Dubs avoided taking a sliver and it was their turn to hold on, before responding 9-0, thanks to a struggling Stephen Curry, to regain the advantage at halftime (53-51).
The intersection resumed with renewed vigor in the third quarter. Ten “Game 6 Klay” points fire the Warriors but Dillon Brooks and Desmond Bane respond to him to keep in touch (69-66). Golden State’s defense intensified after that with three stops in a row, but Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson made three passes in the stands to keep the Grizzlies in the game (74-68). Five points from Desmond Payne finished 7-0 Memphis who took the lead but Curry responded to give Dubs a point before the fourth quarter (78-77).
Klay Thompson and Dillon Brooks trade sweet things and the tension rises two octaves because every point is worth gold. While a trump shot from Desmond Bunny gave Memphis a two-point lead, it was Andrew Wiggins who sounded the rebellion. He scores a three-point shot, steals the ball into Brooks’ hand and then goes into a dunk, before a fresh stop leads to an award-winning shot from Stephen Curry. 8-0 in 70 seconds (95-89)!
With six minutes left to play, these three possessions shake up the game. Suddenly, the attack of the warriors regains its rhythm and their defense defends against the barbed wire! While Draymond Green and Kevon Looney harvested offensive rebounds, the “Splash Brothers” hit the mark from far, especially Stephen Curry who scored 11 points in his final minutes. Dubs turns that 8-0 preliminary score into 23-7 to finish the game, while Chase Center chant “Whoop That Trick,” going into the conference final for the first time since 2019!
What to remember
– Tactical modification of warriors. The Warriors have dominated the interior since Stephen Adams’ return, returning to the traditional five with Kevin Looney at the center. This change allowed them to control the recoil but they also chased the Memphis inside the Keys so they could attack them one-on-one, forcing the Grizzlies to spin to find open shots.
– Memphis miss the opportunity to take off. Back in the first 18 minutes, the Grizzlies took Golden State’s award-winning shots and offensive rebounds without ever taking water. Several losing balls for Golden State, coupled with Dillon Brooks’ speech from afar, allowed them to pass 14-0 to their opponent to take a seven-point lead. The next three minutes will be crucial. As Warriors continue to dash, loose streak, and force shots, the Grizzlies miss the opportunity to put their heads underwater. Conversely, a blatant foul on Dillon Brooks lifts Golden State who finished the game 9-0.
The Decisive 70 Seconds by Andrew Wiggins. With 6 minutes and 55 seconds left to play, Desmond Payne made the atmosphere at Chase Center unbreathable. His award-winning shot put the Grizzlies in front, 89-87. With Carey in the rough and Thompson looking for the hit, it was Andrew Wiggins who finally took over. Memphis deliberately left it open, and at the end of possession, Bunny answered. We don’t know that yet but the Grizzlies won’t go through the front anymore. Wiggins continues with interception, dunking, and a stop at Brooks. It’s his four actions that will open the door to Golden State and break the Grizzlies’ defense lock.
– 25 offensive rebounds for Golden State. The battle over property was central to the series. The Warriors again lost ball after ball, making 19 total turns that gave the Grizzlies 18 points. However, they turned off the tap at the best time, losing only two balls in the last quarter. In turn, it was the offensive recoil that killed Memphis. The Warriors finished the game with 25 offensive rebounds, including 11 in the final quarter. For the first three quarters, Golden State couldn’t take advantage of its second chances. The situation has also changed in the past few minutes. The Warriors won the Rebound Battle 70-44 (!!), with 22 rebounds for Kevin Looney, including 11 offensive, 16 for Draymond Green, and 10 for Andrew Wiggins. Between them, they took four more rebounds than Memphis…that’s l) that the game and series were set.
kevon looney. Returning to the starting lineup to face Stephen Adams, Kevin Looney delivered the best performance of his career. He scored a new career level with 22 rebounds, including 11 offensive tackles, while playing 35 minutes, which is also a record for him. Warriors can say thank you.
✅ Klay Thompson. The “Clay 6 Game” legend continues! While the Splash Brother and Jordan Ball were out on the street, he was the one who provided the scoring, scoring 27 of his 30 points in the first three quarters. He finished the match on 8 out of 14 from a distance. Its severity was eliminated at the Chase Center.
✅ Draymond Green. Unrecognizable in the series, Handyman was more aggressive tonight, finishing the game with 14 points, 16 rebounds and 8 assists. It also narrowed Garen Jackson Jr. at 5/19 in the footage!
Andrew Wiggins. Maple Jordan was knocked out tonight, ending the game with 18 points and 10 rebounds. He was decisive on both sides of the field.
^ Dillon Brooks. Boosing throughout the match, Dillon Brooks, who was 18% of 3 shots in the series, released a brutal game. He was the top scorer for the Grizzlies with 30 points on 7/15 from distance.
^ Desmond Payne. He continued his momentum from Game 5 to launch a game worthy of his season, and finished with 25 points with over 50% success.
✅ ⛔ Stephen Curry. On the street for three quarters and without a beat, he came out of his box in the best time to score 11 of his 29 points in the final six minutes to finish the job. He finished 10 of 27 on shots.
⛔ Jordan Paul – Garen Jackson, Jr. The two former teammates came through the attack. Paul finished at 4/15 on picks, Jackson Jr. at 5/19.
The Warriors will play either the Suns or the Mavs in the Conference Finals.