NBA Finals: Led by MVP Steph Curry Wins Golden State Warriors Championship with Game 6 Victory over Boston Celtics

The victory gives the trio Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green their fourth title together – all under head coach Steve Kerr – and adds to their championships from 2015, 2017 and 2018. They have won 21 NBA Finals together, after recently passing Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili (19) for most wins in the NBA Finals with a trio in the last 30 years.

Curry, who was in tears on the field after the final whistle, won the NBA Finals MVP awards for the first time in his career.

“This is what it’s all about, playing for a championship and what we’ve been through the last three years,” he said. “The start of the season no one thought we were going to be here except everyone on this pitch right now, and that’s amazing. Very surreal, though.

“You never take this for granted because you never know when you will come back here. And to come back here and get it done, it means the whole world,” he said.

Kerr said Curry reminded him of Duncan, the Hall of Fame center who played his entire career for the San Antonio Spurs. “Completely different players. But from a human standpoint, talent standpoint, humility, confidence, this amazing combination that just makes everyone want to win for him,” he said.

This title puts an end to a blip for the Warriors, as they were devastated by injuries for a couple of years and were back in the off-season for the first time since 2019.

The way Game 6 played out at TD Garden in Boston initially did not look like it would be a sure win for Golden State. Boston was up 14-2 to start the match. But the Warriors did not just hit back – they hit the accelerator.

Golden State went 52-25 to finish the first half. It included a 21-0 run – the longest scoring run in an NBA Finals match in the last 50 years.

The Celtics cut the Warriors’ lead to single digits late in the third quarter and again in the fourth quarter, but they could not get any closer.

Boston, which reached the finals for the first time since the 2009-10 season, had previously excelled in do-or-die matches in this year’s playoffs.

Until their match 5 loss in these finals, they were undefeated in postseason matches after a defeat. They have won two win-or-go home games against the Milwaukee Bucks and a game 7 against the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Still, the Celtics were up 2-1 in the series before losing three straight to Golden State, including games 4 and 6 in Boston.

“There are a lot of guys in there, very emotional right now,” Celtic head coach Ime Udoka said after the game.

“The message was that we thanked them for their efforts and growth and everything they let us do in terms of coaching this year. The biggest message was ‘Learn from this, grow from it, take this experience and see that there is another level to achieve,’ said Udoka. “A team like Golden State that has been there did that, it was clear in many ways.”

This is the Warriors’ seventh league title in franchise history – two of which were won as the Philadelphia Warriors in 1947 and 1956.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, who usually presents the Larry O’Brien Trophy to the NBA champion, did not participate in games 5 or 6 due to the NBA’s health and safety protocols.

Correction: An earlier version of this story said that the game was broadcast on ESPN. It was broadcast on ABC

CNN’s Jill Martin and Ben Morse contributed to this report.