Last Thursday night, the Golden State Warriors won their fourth NBA championship, outscoring the Boston Celtics 103-90. It is their fourth championship in eight seasons, an impressive one judging by the ups and downs the team has had for the past few years.
Undoubtedly one of the most controversial Warriors players, Stephen Curry got his first finals MVP by averaging 31.2 points, six rebounds, five assists, and two steals on 48-44 shooting splits against one of the greatest defenses ever seen.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr, who has four coaching titles under his belt, declared after the game that the team owes the championship to Stephen Curry.
“He has that kind of humility and confidence all wrapped up into one, it makes everyone in that locker room all want to fight for him. He’s amazing, and I couldn’t be happier for him,” he said.
Stephen Curry was also interviewed after their victory:
“We’ve got four championships. God is great. The ability to be on this stage and play with amazing teammates against a great Boston Celtics team gave us everything to try to get to the finish line.”
Curry also talked about the hate he had been receiving, saying that he definitely heard all the narratives and that he believes this fourth championship will shut up the critics.
All that critics’ talk was not unwarranted though, as after trailing 1-0 and 2-1, the Warriors had to win the last three games to end the 2021-22 season with this 103-90 victory. After a good start to the season, the Warriors’ defense flailed when Draymond Green was injured for two months.
But the Warriors’ defense stepped up in the Finals, as it absolutely thrashed the Celtics in the last three games.
Stephen Curry led the way with 34 points. He earned the Bill Russell Finals MVP award, averaging 31 points—his highest output in six Finals—over the six games.