Golden State Warriors beat Dallas Mavericks and return to the NBA Finals

The Golden State Warriors advanced to their sixth NBA Finals in the past eight seasons by beating the Dallas Mavericks 120-110 in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals.

Klay Thompson starred with 32 points, a run that included a 3-pointer that was punctuated by teammate Stephen Curry’s signature move as the Warriors took a 17-point halftime lead and held on the rest of the way in San Francisco.

Andrew Wiggins added 18 points and 10 rebounds, Draymond Green had 17 points and Curry had 15 points and nine assists for the Warriors.

Luka Doncic overcame a slow start to score 28 points for the Mavericks. Spencer Dinwiddie added 26.

The victory gave the Warriors a 4-1 finish in the series.

After missing the playoffs in 2020 and 2021 in back-to-back injury-plagued seasons, the Warriors return to a familiar setting.

They are the first team to make six finals appearances in an eight-year span since the Michael-Jordan-led Chicago Bulls had a pair of three-peats from 1991-93 and 1996-98.

The Warriors will host the winner of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat on June 3 AEST in the first game of the NBA Finals.

The Celtics have a 3-2 lead over the Heat heading into Game 6 at home on Saturday AEST.

Thompson, who has been out the past two seasons with injuries, showed glimpses of his old self in Game 5 against the Mavericks.

After making just seven 3-pointers in the first four games of the series, Thompson had eight in this game.

He gave the Warriors a 13-point lead in the first half when he scored one from the corner, before adding two early in the third quarter for a 23-point lead.

Dallas cut a 25-point deficit to eight in the final minute of the third quarter, but couldn’t overcome the slump in the fourth.

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