The Golden State Warriors are going back to the NBA Finals for the fifth straight year after sweeping away the Portland Trail Blazers with 119-117 overtime win in Game 4 on Monday night.
That’s right, they just won four straight in the conference finals without Kevin Durant, who is one of the greatest players in the world.
And they did it mostly because of another guy who’s one of the greatest players in the world as well – two-time NBA MVP Steph Curry, who has been playing ridiculously well since Durant limped off the court with a calf injury in Game 5 against the Rockets.
Curry has gone for over 30 points in all five games since Durant has been out and has reestablished himself as the go-to guy for a franchise that he led to a title before Durant came to town.
He was masterful again in Game 4, going for 37 points in a game-high 47 minutes. He played the entire second half and all of overtime and finished with a triple-double.
Curry and Draymond Green, who has also been phenomenal in the playoffs, made NBA history in Game 4 by becoming the first two teammates to have a triple-double in a playoff game.
Against Portland, he did it all, racing around screens, thwarting double teams, pulling up from 30 feet and coasting in for reverse layups.
By completing a clean sweep with the Game 4 victory, Golden State became the first team to win the Western Conference in five straight years and the first team since the Boston Celtics (1957-1966) to reach five straight NBA Finals. The Warriors eliminated the Blazers for the third time in the past four years, compiling a 12-1 record in those series.