Washington, May 27 (BUS): Klay Thompson shined on his way to 32 points and advanced the Golden State Warriors to their sixth NBA Finals in the past eight seasons by defeating the Dallas Mavericks 120-110 in Game Five of the Western Conference Finals Thursday night. .
Thompson scored 19 points in the first half, including 3-pointers punctuated by teammate Stephen Curry’s signature shake as the Warriors raced to a 17-point lead at the break and slipped the rest of the way.
Andrew Wiggins added 18 points and 10 rebounds, Draymond Green had 17 points and Curry 15 points and nine assists for Golden State, the Associated Press reported.
Luka Doncic overcame the slow start to score 28 points for the Mavericks. Spencer Dinwiddie 26 added.
After missing the playoffs in 2020 and 21 consecutive seasons plagued by injuries, the Warriors are returning to a familiar phase.
It is the first team to play six Finals in an eight-year period since Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls scored three peat doubles from 1991-93 and 1996-98.
Golden State will host the Eastern Conference Finals winner between Boston and Miami on June 2 in the first game of the NBA Finals. The Celtics are leading 3-2 and heading into Game Six at home on Friday night.
The Warriors followed their pattern from the first two rounds by bouncing back after a missed opportunity to finish a streak on the road with a home win.
Golden State is now 9-0 at Chase’s post-season, tying the 2017 team for the most consecutive home win post-season in NBA history.
The star of this match was Thompson, who has missed the past two seasons due to injuries but showed flashes of his old self at this interval.
After making only seven three-pointers in the first four games of the series, Thompson had eight three-pointers in this game. He gave the Warriors a 13-point lead in the first half when he shot one from a corner before dancing and added two points early in the third quarter to give a 23-point lead.
Dallas cut a 25-point deficit to eight in the last minute of the third quarter but was unable to override the hump in the fourth. Thompson’s 3-pointer just under 3 minutes before gave the Warriors a 15-point lead.