The Golden State Warriors have done it again. After defeating the Portland Trail Blazers 119-117 in overtime of Game 4 of the Western Conference finals on Monday night, the Warriors have earned their fifth straight trip to the NBA Finals. Their latest trip marks the first time a team has made five straight Finals appearances since the Boston Celtics went 10 straight times, from 1957 to 1966.
The Warriors made it happen after coming back from a double-digit second-half deficit for the third straight game, their second time crawling all the way back from a 17-point hole.
The Warriors were led by two-time MVP, Stephen Curry, who led Golden State with his first post-season triple-double with 37 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 assists in the win. Since losing Kevin Durant in the Western Conference Semifinals against the Rockets, this game marked Curry’s fifth straight postseason game scoring at least 30 points or more; the longest such streak of his career.
Joining Curry with a phenomenal performance was Draymond Green. Alongside Curry, Green racking up his second straight triple-double with 18 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists, including a huge 3-pointer with 39.6 seconds left in overtime that helped seal the win.
After the sweep, the Warriors now have nine days of rest before heading to either the Milwaukee Bucks or Toronto Raptors for Game 1 of the NBA Finals, set to begin on Thursday, May 30. With more than a week before their next game, one should expect a return from wounded Warriors Andre Iguodala, DeMarcus Cousins, and Durant.
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