The Warriors once again appear unstoppable. No matter how far they go down, Golden State never seems to be out of a game.
The Warriors swept their way to a fifth straight NBA Finals, getting triple-doubles from Stephen Curry and Draymond Green in a 119-117 overtime victory on Monday night. Green had 18 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists, and made a key 3-pointer in overtime. Curry added 37 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists. They became the first teammates to have triple-doubles in the same playoff game.
Playing without Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala and DeMarcus Cousins, the Warriors became the first team to reach five straight finals since the Boston Celtics went to 10 in a row between 1957 and 1966.
The Blazers stretched the lead to 17 points in the third quarter, but the Warriors went on a 12-0 run to close that to 95-90 early in the 4th quarter. Ultimately, the two-time defending champions overcame a double-digit deficit for the third straight game against the Blazers after rallying back from 18-point deficit in Game 3 and a 17-point hole in Game 2. "We've been here before. We've seen everything, every experience you can imagine. So we relied on that," Curry said.
Damian Lillard, playing with separated ribs, had 28 points and 12 assists for Portland. He missed a potential game-winning 3-point attempt as time ran out in overtime.
The Warriors will face the winner of the Eastern Conference finals between the Toronto Raptors and Milwaukee Bucks. The Bucks lead that series 2-1 with Game 4 on Tuesday night in Toronto.
The Warriors are just the sixth professional team from North America to go to five straight championships, along with the Montreal Canadiens (NHL), Boston Celtics (NBA), Cleveland Browns (NFL), New York Yankees (MLB) and New York Islanders (NHL).