SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Golden State star Klay Thompson scored 30 points and Kevon Looney grabbed 22 rebounds, 11 on the offensive glass, Friday night to lead the Warriors to a 110-96 Game 6 victory over Memphis to advance to the Western Conference finals.
Golden State moves on to its sixth NBA Western Conference finals in the last eight years. They will play the winner of the Game 7 showdown between the Dallas Mavericks and the Phoenix Suns.
In a seesaw game, it wasn’t until a Steph Curry 3-pointer with 5:43 to go, putting Golden State up 95-89, that the Warriors were able to break the will of a young Grizzlies squad playing without their star Ja Morant.
Golden State needed everything they got from Thompson to overcome 17 turnovers and 14-of-42 shooting night from Curry and Jordan Poole combined.
With Thompson scoring 17 points, the Warriors shook off their offensive woes of Games 4 and 5 to take 53-51 halftime lead by closing on a 9-0 run. But the Grizzlies hung tough, even taking a short lived lead in the second quarter, as Dillon Brooks shook off his own shooting woes, scoring 18 points and going 5-of-10 from the three-point line.
Brooks ended the game with 30 points on 11-of-28 shooting and played solid defense all night on Poole.
Mike Brown, who was at the helm for head coach Steve Kerr, still ailing with COVID, decided to start Looney at center and the decision paid off with Golden State owning a 70-44 advantage on the boards.
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