SAN FRANCISCO ( Associated Press) — Klay Thompson made eight 3-pointers and finished with 30 points, Stephen Curry had 29 points on six 3-pointers and the Golden State Warriors advanced to the Western Conference finals on Friday with a 110-96 victory over the Golden State Warriors. Memphis Grizzlies in Game 6 of their series.
Curry found his shooting rhythm late in the game and made two consecutive baskets late in the third quarter to put his team up 78-77 before the final 12 minutes. Draymond Green contributed 14 points, 16 rebounds and eight assists, while Kevon Looney had 22 rebounds and Andrew Wiggins converted 10 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter with a pair of well-timed 3-pointers.
Golden State, which lost to Memphis in last year’s playoff tournament, overcame a tough series to advance to the West finals for the first time since 2019, when it made its fifth straight NBA Finals but lost to Toronto in a decisive sixth game.
The Warriors, who finished third in the regular season, will meet the winner of the Phoenix-Dallas clash for the conference title. Game 7 of that series will be played Sunday in Phoenix.
Dillon Brooks led the Grizzlies with 30 points, including a career-high seven 3-pointers. Desmond Bane chipped in 25.
The Warriors outrebounded the Grizzlies 70-44 and became the first team to reach that mark in the postseason after San Antonio’s 75 against Denver on May 4, 1983.
Memphis again played without star point guard Ja Morant, who missed the third straight game with a bruised bone in his troubled right knee. The Grizzlies attribute the loss to an action with Jordan Poole when they were fighting for a lost ball in the third game of the series.