For the first time in 40 years, the Golden State Warriors are headed to the NBA Finals.
The Warriors took down the Rockets at home in Game 5 104-90, setting a date with LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers on June 4th.
Steph Curry scored 26 points and Klay Thompson added 20, but it was Harrison Barnes’ 24 points on 10-20 shooting that was the difference.
Well, that and the poor play of Houston Rockets star James Harden.
Harden set an NBA playoffs record for 13 turnovers to go along with just 14 points on 2-11 shooting. Josh Smith also struggled in just 21 minutes. He finished with 11 points on 3-14 shooting, including 2-7 from three.
Dwight Howard led the Rockets with 18 points and 16 rebounds in 42 minutes.
Now we wait, as the NBA Finals won’t begin for another eight days. It’ll give time for Thompson to recover from a lacerated ear and potential concussion systems after taking an inadvertent knee to the head from Trevor Ariza. It’ll also give Kyrie Irving the chance to get healthy.
This will be LeBron’s fifth straight trip to the Finals, but the first for Curry. In head coach Steve Kerr’s first season, the Warriors won 67 games in the regular season. In David Blatt’s first season with the Cavaliers, the team won 53 games.