NBA Daily Roundup
NBA daily recaps. Just the important notes from each game, usually from the winning team. If someone on the losing squad does something special, perhaps they'll get a mention as well. Bookmark this NBA game roundup page and skim-read it daily. Updated early most weekday mornings, sometimes later on weekends. And watch NBA video
NBA Daily For Friday, June 17, 2022
Roundup of NBA Finals Game 6
Warriors beat Celtics 103-90 to win 4th NBA title in 8 years
The AP reports: The Golden State Warriors are NBA champions once again, topping the Boston Celtics 103-90 on Thursday night for their fourth title in the last eight seasons. Stephen Curry scored 34 points and was named the NBA Finals MVP as the Warriors claimed the franchise's seventh championship overall. And this one completed a journey like none other, after a run of five consecutive finals, then a plummet to the bottom of the NBA, and now a return to greatness just two seasons after having the league's worst record... For Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala, it's a fourth championship. The first three rings came in 2015, 2017 and 2018, when Golden State was dynastic and made five consecutive trips to the finals... Injuries, including ones that sidelined Thompson for 2 1/2 years, and roster changes changed everything. But this season, with Thompson returning around the midway point, the Warriors were finally back.
ESPN.com: "Draymond Green played his best game of the series, scoring 12 points on 5-of-10 shooting, grabbing 12 rebounds, recording eight assists with two steals and two blocks. He also hit two 3-pointers after missing his first 12 attempts of the series. He struggled on the other end, however. With Green as the primary defender, the Celtics shot 9-of-17 from the floor. Andrew Wiggins continued his strong series, finishing with 18 points, six rebounds, five assists, four steals and three blocks. Jordan Poole added 15 points off the bench, while Klay Thompson scored 12. Gary Payton II had just six points, but finished with a plus-18 net rating."
NYTimes.com: "The Celtics took a 14-2 lead to open the game, playing better than they did in their lackluster start to Game 5, but Golden State’s firepower threatened to overwhelm them. For nearly six minutes of playing time from late in the first quarter until early in the second, Boston couldn’t score. Golden State built a 21-point lead in the second quarter, and kept that cushion early in the third. With 6 minutes 15 seconds left in the third, Curry hit his fifth 3 of the game, giving his team a 22-point lead. He held out his right hand and pointed at its ring finger, sure he was on his way to earning his fourth championship ring."
San Francisco Chronicle: "After coach Steve Kerr pulled the Golden State starters with the win — and the title — assured, Curry began crying on the baseline, embracing his father Dell, who had a victory cigar at the ready. When time expired, the tears really started to flow, with Curry weeping through his ABC interview with Lisa Salters."
NBA Daily For Tuesday, June 14, 2022
Roundup of NBA Finals Game 5
Wiggins delivers on both ends, Warriors lead NBA Finals 3-2
The AP reports: Exhibiting a determined confidence and grit all game, Andrew Wiggins single-handedly took the pressure off Stephen Curry and delivered the best game yet of his eight-year career. Now, the first-time All-Star is on the cusp of becoming a first-time NBA champion - and helping Curry capture yet another title. Wiggins had 26 points and 13 rebounds, Klay Thompson scored 21 points and the Golden State Warriors beat the Boston Celtics 104-94 on Monday night for a 3-2 NBA Finals lead... One game after his 43-point performance, Curry contributed 16 points and eight assists but was 0 for 9 from 3-point range. The career 3-point leader's NBA-record streak of 132 straight postseason games with at least one 3 ended, along with his NBA-best run of 233 consecutive games with a 3 between regular season and playoffs combined.
ESPN.com: "Having blown a fourth-quarter lead in Game 4 and a chance to claim a 3-1 series lead, the Celtics coughed up possession 18 times -- the margin for error in a Game 5 in which both teams struggled to maintain consistent offense. The loss also wasted something the Celtics faithful have been pining for from their superstar -- a Jayson Tatum game. The first-team All-NBA standout led all scorers with 27 points in his most dominant output of the series. To further add to the misery, Stephen Curry turned in one of his lesser performances, presenting another opening for the Celtics to capitalize."
ESPN.com: "Turnovers -- the telltale stat of Boston's postseason -- reared their ugly head once again. The Celtics committed 18 in Game 5, continuing a trend through these playoffs of going 14-2 when they commit 15 or fewer turnovers, and now going 0-7 when they have 16 or more. And while many of them came in trademark Celtics fashion, with Boston carelessly tossing the ball around, it also was a product of Golden State speeding the Celtics up and out of the rhythm that Boston is so successful at maintaining when at its best."
ESPN.com: "It was also another game in which both Brown and Tatum got outplayed by a Warrior. Brown was misfiring all night, finishing with 18 points, nine rebounds and four assists but going 5-for-18 from the field and 0-for-5 from 3-point range. Tatum, meanwhile, finally shot the ball well, going 10-for-20 from the field and 5-for-9 from 3-point range, but had four turnovers and went 1-for-5 in the fourth quarter, when it looked like he may have been fatigued in a game he played over 44 minutes."
NBA Daily For Saturday, June 11, 2022
Roundup of NBA Finals Game 4
Curry scores 43 to beat Boston, Warriors tie NBA Finals 2-2
The AP reports: He stomped his feet, waved his arms, flexed his muscles and talked back to the crowd.
And Stephen Curry also made baskets. Plenty of those, too.
In a demonstrative and dominating performance that was one of the best of his postseason career, Curry scored 43 points to lead the Golden State Warriors to a 107-97 victory over the Boston Celtics in Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Friday night, sending the series back to San Francisco knotted at two games apiece.
Two nights after shaking off a foot injury in a Game 3 loss, the two-time league MVP stomped and shot his way to his third-highest scoring total in the postseason, adding 10 rebounds and making a pair of baskets during a 10-0 fourth-quarter run that turned a four-point Boston edge into a 100-94 Golden State lead. It was the second-most points he's scored in the NBA Finals... Andrew Wiggins had 17 points and 16 boards for the Warriors, who have won at least one road game for an NBA-record 27 consecutive playoff series since 2013. They will host Game 5 on Monday night, with Game 6 in Boston on Thursday; Golden State would hold the home-court advantage in a seventh game, if necessary.
NBA Daily For Thursday, June 9, 2022
Roundup of NBA Finals Game 3
Celtics beat Warriors 116-100, take 2-1 lead in NBA Finals
The AP reports: Jaylen Brown scored 27 points, Jayson Tatum added 26 and the Celtics rode the energy of a raucous TD Garden crowd to beat back another third-quarter onslaught by Golden State in a 116-100 victory Wednesday night that gave them a 2-1 lead in the NBA Finals. Marcus Smart added 24 points and helped fuel a defensive effort that held the Warriors to 11 points in the fourth quarter - third-fewest in a finals game in the shot clock era... Stephen Curry led Golden State with 31 points and six 3-pointers. He had 15 points in a 33-25 third quarter by the Warriors but was hurt late in the fourth after Al Horford rolled into his leg on a loose ball. Curry said it was similar to a play during the regular season in which Smart dove into Curry's legs while chasing a loose ball but "not as bad." ... Klay Thompson broke out of a finals slump and finished with 25 points and five 3s. But the Warriors' shooting couldn't save them on a night the more athletic Celtics outmuscled them for a 47-31 rebounding advantage.
ESPN.com: "In an exercise every bit as reliable as Stephen Curry's warm-up routine, the Warriors staged their signature rally in the third quarter. Having trailed for much of the night by double digits, Golden State took the lead briefly during a 14-3 run that included a seven-point possession over the span of 13 seconds. The Celtics ultimately withstood the onslaught and steadily rebuilt their lead, despite outbursts from Curry. As the game slipped away from the Warriors in the fourth quarter with a little more than two minutes remaining, Celtics big man Al Horford landed on Curry's left leg while diving for the ball. Curry limped off the floor and did not return -- though neither did the rest of the Warriors' starters with Golden State trailing by 14."
NBA Daily For Monday, June 6, 2022
Roundup of NBA Finals Game 2
Warriors answer in Game 2, top Celtics 107-88 to even Finals
The AP reports: The NBA Finals are now tied, after the Warriors turned a close game into a rout with a third-quarter masterpiece. Stephen Curry scored 29 points, Jordan Poole connected from just inside of midcourt to cap the pivotal period and the Warriors beat the Boston Celtics 107-88 on Sunday night in Game 2... Golden State also got 12 from Kevon Looney on 6-for-6 shooting, and 11 apiece from Andrew Wiggins and Klay Thompson. Jayson Tatum scored 21 of his 28 points in the first half for Boston. Jaylen Brown added 17 for the Celtics, but fought through a 5-for-17 shooting night, and Derrick White scored 12. Just like in Game 1, a huge run decided everything. The Celtics went on a 48-18 run in the second half to decide the opener. The Warriors didn't wait that long in Game 2, going on a 43-14 burst from late in the first half until early in the fourth quarter to turn a tie game into an absolute runaway.
ESPN.com: " Boston shot just 4-for-17 in the third quarter on Sunday and committed five turnovers that became 11 Warriors points. Golden State, meanwhile, went 7-for-12 from 3-point range, as Stephen Curry matched Boston's point total by himself. By the time Jordan Poole buried two bombs from way behind the 3-point line inside the final 30 seconds of the third -- first hitting a 29-footer before then burying one from nearly the half-court line as the buzzer sounded -- the damage had already been done, leaving the formality of the final 12 minutes to be played for Golden State to tie this series up."
ESPN.com: "Boston's third-quarter problem wasn't the only one of the team's bad habits this postseason to repeat itself. When the Celtics struggle, it's generally because of turnovers. And, in this game, Boston had 21 turnovers that became 33 Warriors points, the second-most points off turnovers in an NBA Finals game in the past 25 years -- including 11 live-ball turnovers and nine steals."
ESPN.com: "Coming off a 34-point outing in Game 1, Curry once again showcased his devastating combination of long-range marksmanship and constant motion, tallying 29 points on 9-for-21 shooting from the field, 6-for-7 from the foul stripe and 5-for-12 from behind the 3-point line. While it wasn't his most efficient game, Curry eluded a typically strong Boston Celtics defense in the half court. His handle and step-back off the dribble were well-tuned, and he initiated an unusual number of the conventional pick-and-rolls the Warriors generally forgo. Curry's dance partner, Draymond Green, kept the Warriors' dribble-handoff game humming."
NBA Daily For Friday, June 3, 2022
Roundup of NBA Finals Game 1
Celtics have huge 4th, beat Warriors in Game 1 of NBA Finals
The AP reports: Once Boston's balanced roster of NBA Finals first-timers found a groove from long range, the determined Celtics delivered a memorable comeback and rallied past Stephen Curry and the Golden State old guard. Jaylen Brown fueled the late charge and scored 24 points, Al Horford hit six 3-pointers and the Celtics rode the most lopsided fourth quarter in NBA Finals history to a 120-108 victory over the Warriors in Game 1 on Thursday night. Horford finished with 26 points and the Celtics outscored the Warriors 40-16 in the final 12 minutes after trailing by 15 points late in the third quarter. The 15th-year big man, who turns 36 Friday, played in 141 previous postseason games, most ever before playing in the NBA Finals... Boston made its first seven tries from long distance in the fourth and wound up 9 of 12 beyond the arc in the period as almost everybody got involved in the 3-point flurry. Jayson Tatum was the lone Celtics regular who struggled offensively, finishing 3 for 17, though he did have 13 assists. Curry scored 34 points in his return to the NBA's big stage for the first time in three years, but the Warriors couldn't sustain momentum from a 38-point third quarter that put them ahead 92-80 going into the final 12 minutes.
ESPN.com: "With a rousing fourth-quarter comeback, the Celtics overcame a 15-point second-half deficit. In a flash, Boston unleashed a devastating barrage from beyond the arc. In less than seven minutes, the Celtics nailed six 3-pointers, many of them heavily contested. By midway through the fourth, Boston had completely erased a deficit that stood at 12 points to start the quarter. All the while, the Warriors turned ice cold from the field. In the final tally, the Celtics outscored the Warriors 40-16 in the final frame, shooting 9-for-12 on field goals from deep, the most recorded by any team in the fourth quarter in Finals history, according to ESPN Stats & Information research."
ESPN.com: "For most of the contest, Golden State appeared to be in complete control as Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson recorded historic milestones, but the final 12 minutes were a different story. After trailing by 12 points to start the fourth quarter, Boston went on a run largely driven by Derrick White and Al Horford to take the lead. In his first ever Finals appearance, Horford led the team with 26 points while Jaylen Brown and White added point totals of 24 and 21, respectively. With the 120-108 win, Boston became the first team in NBA Finals history to win a game by double digits after trailing by double digits entering the final frame."
CBSsports.com: "The Celtics outscored Golden State, 40-16, in the final frame, made all the more overwhelming by the blistering 9-for-12 3-point shooting they rained down upon the Bay Area and its fans. At one point, they made seven consecutive 3-pointers, the last one by Al Horford giving his team a six-point lead which, given the imbalance of momentum at the time, seemed virtually insurmountable. The turnaround was all the more remarkable given that Jayson Tatum, Boston's leading scorer who just earned the Eastern Conference finals MVP, was held to 12 points on 3-of-17 shooting, facing various aggressive defensive looks throughout the night including a box-and-one. His 13 assists, however, epitomized a Celtics team -- bolstered by the messaging of head coach Ime Udoka -- committed to making the right play, no matter how simple, trusting that it would eventually yield positive results."