Golden chance for Warriors to achieve rare three-peat

Sports | 22 May 2019

Stephen Curry and Draymond Green both posted triple-doubles to power the Golden State Warriors to a 119-117 overtime victory over the Portland Trail Blazers and into a fifth straight NBA Finals.

The defending champions swept the Blazers in four games in the best-of-seven Western Conference finals. The only other team to reach five straight NBA Finals were the Boston Celtics, when they went to a record 10 in a row from 1957 to 1966.

"I hope it doesn't go unnoticed or underrated - five straight finals hasn't been done since the 60s," said Warriors coach Steve Kerr. "I just can't say enough about the competitive desire of the group of guys that we have here."

The Warriors will play for the title starting on May 30 against either the Milwaukee Bucks or Toronto Raptors, aiming to become the first team since the Los Angeles Lakers of 2000 to 2002 to three-peat as champions.

Curry finished with 37 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists, while Green had 18 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists.

This was the third straight game in which the Trail Blazers had led by as many as 17 points only to come up short during crunch time.

Both teams had a chance to win in regulation, but Curry traveled before hitting a three-pointer that didn't count and Portland's Damian Lillard was unable to get through in traffic as time expired with the score tied 111-111.

Curry fed Green a three-pointer that pushed Golden State to a 119-115 lead with 39.6 seconds left.

"It was a demonstration of how good they are and how good they have been over the years," Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. "They find a way to win."

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

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