Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry drives to the basket against Memphis Grizzlies center Steven Adams during the first half of Game 6 at the Chase Center in San Francisco on Fri May 13, 2022 (AP News photo)
Warriors Come Alive In Fourth Quarter Advance To Conference Finals 110-96
By Barbara Mason
Friday night the Golden State Warriors took on the Memphis Grizzlies looking to finish off this semifinal series against Memphis. The Warriors in game 6 did just that and pulled it off with a 110-96 win in a 4-2 series win.
The good news for the Warriors is that they played Game six at Chase Center. There was a lot of good news for the Grizzlies as well. They were playing at an incredible level in game 5 on Wednesday and their confident level was off the charts.
The Warriors on the other hand were playing very poorly before Friday night’s game after getting stomped on in Memphis in game 5. They played at an all-time low on Wednesday trailing at one point in the game by 55 points.
The final was 134-95 in favor of Memphis. There was no energy, no focus, no discipline and horrible ball protection by the Warriors in that game and that was cleaned up on Friday night advancing to the next round of the playoffs. Golden State did not want to take this series back to Memphis.
Game 6 recap: Golden State came out with better focus and energy to start the game. They led after the first quarter 30-26 in a highly competitive game. At the half the Warriors led 53-51 in a real dog fight. Protecting the ball continued to be a problem for the Warriors with 12 turnovers in the first half.
Steven Adams left the game late in the second quarter with a possible right leg issue but was able to play the second half which was great news for the Grizzlies.
The Grizzlies outscored the Warriors in the third quarter by a single point but the Warriors clung onto a 78-77 lead heading into the fourth quarter
What the Warriors have waited to see for a few games now was unleashed in the final minutes of the fourth quarter. A furious rally from Golden State finished off the Grizzlies. Golden State is headed to the third round of the Western Conference Finals.
The slow start in this game finished in a blaze of glory. The defense was amazing with Kevon Looney finishing with what has to be his all time high 22 rebounds. Draymond Green had 15 rebounds and 14 points.
Andrew Wiggins had 11 rebounds and 18 points. It was a brilliant defensive effort in the fourth quarter. The Splash Brothers came to play although it was Stephen Curry who really came to life to close out this game. Klay Thompson finished with 30 points and Curry with 29.
After all that he has been through the past two plus years it was a very happy Thompson after the game. “I tried to focus on the present . Another closeout game at Chase gave me butterflies,” he said. “I’m gonna kick my feet up and watch the Suns,” Thompson said.
They will now await the results of the Suns vs Mavericks in a game seven semifinal. ‘I am going in hungry when that time comes. You can’t take anything for granted,” said Thompson as they look ahead to the Western Conference finals. He had nothing but great things to say about the amazing game from Looney. “Kevon was big time. He is great at the rim, he is a Warrior for life.”
The team will now await their opponent in the Western Conference Finals having a few days to rest and digest this amazing win.