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NBA Finals: Golden State Warriors beat Memphis Grizzlies in Western Conference

Desmond Bane of the Memphis Grizzlies controls the ball against Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors during game six of the 2022 NBA Playoffs Western Conference semifinals
Klay Thompson (left) scored for the Warriors with 40 points

The Golden State Warriors reached the NBA Western Conference playoff finals with a 110-96 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies.

Klay Thompson’s 30-point move and 29 from Stephen Curry helped the home team to a 4-2 league victory.

Next, they face the Phoenix Suns or Dallas Mavericks, who play on Sunday.

In the Eastern Conference, the Boston Celtics beat the Milwaukee Bucks 108-95 to level their series to make it 3-3 and send it to a game seven decisive Sunday.

The Warriors had taken a blow in Memphis in game five but game six was a much closer affair, with each side trading the lead three times in the final quarter before the Warriors managed to make it.

That means they have reached their sixth Western Conference final in eight years.

“This stings, of course,” Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins said.

“Such a special season with a special group and I want them to cherish it, remember it despite this loss.”

The Bucks, defending NBA champions, also had a chance to advance as they went into a home game with a 3-2 league lead.

Star man Giannis Antetokounmpo played his part, scoring 44 points and 20 rebounds – the first match with 40 points and 20 rebounds since Shaquille O’Neal in 2001.

But the Celtics’ Jayson Tatum even outscored Antetokounmpo by 46 points to see the visitors keep their semi-final series alive.

“Our season was at stake. I knew it and we knew it. We had to give everything we have,” Tatum said.

The winners of the Bucks-Celtics series meet Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference final.

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