The Golden State Warriors are back in the NBA Finals for the fifth successive season at the expense of the Portland Trail Blazers.
Golden State completed a 4-0 sweep of the Trail Blazers in the Western Conference Finals with a 119-117 overtime win in Game 4.
Here are three takeaways from two-time defending champions Golden State's big win in Portland on Monday.
Leonard the X-factor nobody was ready for
Portland's Meyers Leonard had a career night against the Warriors.
The seventh-year center poured in 25 first-half points, which is more than he has ever scored in a game in the NBA or college. He finished with a team-high 30 points, 12 rebounds and knocked down five three-pointers in the contest.
Leonard's insertion into the starting line-up was essential to stretching Golden State's defense out, but it was not enough to prolong the series.
Curry has continued to step it up
Stephen Curry is on a roll.
The Warriors star has scored at least 30 points in his last five playoff games, but he took things up a notch on Monday, recording a triple-double.
Curry finished with 37 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists in Golden State's win, while team-mate Draymond Green tallied a triple-double of his own.
Two-time MVP Curry has been re-asserting his dominance as of late, which is a great sign for the Warriors – who have been playing without injured star Kevin Durant.
Curry did not sit for a single second after half-time on the road.
Golden State owned the boards
The Warriors took control of the rebounding battle, beating the Trail Blazers on the boards 56-38.
Golden State created plenty of second-chance opportunities, as they grabbed 15 offensive rebounds compared to Portland's six.
Western Conference Finals Champs ! pic.twitter.com/8SfVweJjmp— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) May 21, 2019
The Warriors will now await the winner of the Eastern Conference Finals series between the Milwaukee Bucks and Toronto Raptors. Milwaukee enter Tuesday's Game 4 with a 2-1 series lead.
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