SAN FRANCISCO – The crowd at the Chase Center chanted “Whoop that trick! Shout that trick!” After retreating to the Warriors’ 11-point lead at the end of the fourth quarter.
Cheers mocked the Grizzlies’ unofficial anthem, which Stephen Curry said was the team’s mindset going into Game 5, a statement that upset Memphis.
The Grizzlies made their statement on Wednesday night in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals, which saw the Warriors gain 39 points.
But it was Golden State that took their place in Game 6 on Friday night, beating the young and athletic Grizzlies 110-96.
The Warriors’ victory cemented their ticket to the Western Conference Finals and effectively ended the season in Memphis.
With less than three minutes to go, Klay Thompson left the court in the fourth quarter after making a 3-pointer with less than three minutes to spare, giving the Warriors a 13-point lead before he was the team’s lead. Galloped back into the race, high-fiving mate in every process.
The warriors did not look back from there.
“Game 6 Kill” made an appearance on Friday night, earning a team-high 30 points. Curry scored 11 of his 29 points in the final quarter.
The Warriors introduced Kevon Looney for the first time in this series. He replaced Jonathan Kuminga to give Golden State an offensive rebounder and veteran defender to go against Grizzlies center Steven Adams. Looney’s inclusion gave a more lively start to the game for the Warriors, as slow starts had hindered them in previous games.
They fell out of the lead by 8 points at one point, although the Grizzlies were able to come back. Neither team took a double-digit lead until the Warriors advanced late in the fourth quarter.
Rebounding has been a key factor in this series, and the Warriors were the better team on Friday as they have been for most of the series. He overtook the Grizzlies 82–53, dominating the offensive boards 25–10.
Looney was the best rebounder ever on the court. He caught a career-high 22 rebounds and knocked down the entire Grizzlies team in the first quarter. His 11 opening-quarter rebounds were the most for any quarter in his career and matched the Warriors playoff record set by Larry Smith in 1987.
Draymond Green finished with a double-double, grabbing 16 rebounds and scoring 14 points. Wiggins, one of the Warriors’ most impressive players on Friday, had 18 points and 10 rebounds.
It appears that the Warriors are literally throwing the game away with too many wrong passes and sloppy ball tackle. Golden State made 17 turnovers.
Desmond Bann had 25 points, Dylan Brooks 30 and Jaren Jackson Jr. recorded 12 points and four blocks.
The Grizzlies were without leading scorer Jaa Morant for the third game in a row because of a bone fracture in his right knee.
Meanwhile, the Warriors were in for a second straight game without coach Steve Kerr after he tested positive for COVID-19. Brown, who was appointed to coach the Sacramento Kings earlier this week, was at the helm for the third game in a row. He boasts an all-time postseason record of 13-1 when filling in for Kerr.
Brooks was assessed a Flagrant 1 foul in the second quarter after pushing Curry. With three major foul points, Brooks was in danger of being suspended for a game, but the Warriors did not give him a chance, effectively ending his season with a win.
The Warriors will have four days off before the start of the Western Conference Finals. They will play the Phoenix Suns and the Dallas Mavericks the winner of the series, which will be decided in Game 7 on Sunday night.