The Warriors have done it again.
Golden State clawed back from a double-digit deficit for the third consecutive game to earn a two-point overtime win over Portland and complete the series sweep. With the win, the Warriors will make their fifth-straight appearance in the NBA Finals.
Stephen Curry and Draymond Green made history while a number of role players stepped up in the absence of Andre Iguodala, Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins.
For more on how it all unfolded, here are some takeaways from the Warriors.
Golden State finds a way… again
No Andre Iguodala. No Kevin Durant. No DeMarcus Cousins.
To follow that list of absences with 'No Problem' would be an extreme exaggeration; in fact, there were plenty of problems.
For the third-straight game, the Warriors found themselves needing to climb out of a deep hole as they stared at a 17-point deficit with under two minutes remaining in the third quarter.
Again, they found a way to respond.
The team closed the third quarter on a 9-0 run to make the deficit manageable and continued to creep back into the game before tying things up with under four minutes remaining in regulation.
Curry and Green did stand out, but it wasn't just the usual suspects this time around.
With Cousins having been out for the majority of the postseason and Durant missing the entire series, it shouldn't come as a surprise that the 'next man up' mentality wasn't hard for this team to adopt once Iguodala was scratched from the lineup after being questionable for Game 4.
Plenty of guys relished in the opportunity.
Jordan Bell and Alfonzo McKinnie made the first postseason starts in their young careers; Bell scored seven points in 14 minutes of action while McKinnie added 12 points in over 26 minutes. Perhaps the biggest X-Factor for the Warriors was Kevon Looney, who finished with 12 points and 14 rebounds (six offensive) in a reserve role.
Without Bell, McKinnie and Looney, this team probably would not have come out with a win.
Curry and Green make history
Stephen Curry recorded a triple-double with 37 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists.
Draymond Green recorded a triple-double with 18 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists.
With their performances, Curry and Green became the first teammates to record a triple-double in the same game in NBA Playoff history, leading the Warriors with big-time plays in crucial junctures of the game.
Curry came out the gates firing, scoring 25 first-half points to set the tone for Golden State and keep the team within striking distance as it closed the half on a big scoring run to make a once-large deficit manageable. Green continued to place his imprint on the game as a facilitator, dishing out eight of the Warriors 16 assists in the first 24 minutes.
The duo continued to have an impact on multiple facets of the game throughout the second half, as Golden State came back from 17 down to force overtime.
At that point, all of the momentum was in its favour.
Of the 55 combined points between Curry and Green, none might have been bigger than the 3-point dagger hit by Green to put the defending champs up four with under a minute remaining in ovetime.
Yessir, Dray❗️ pic.twitter.com/BAOINdVEXZ- Golden State Warriors (@warriors) May 21, 2019
Much is made of championship DNA, and rightly so.
In Game 4 the championship DNA of both Curry and Green is a big reason the Warriors were able to come away with the gritty victory.
The triple-doubles of Curry and Green weren't the only historic occurrence in this win.
Prior to Game 4, the Boston Celtics were the only franchise to make at least five consecutive NBA Finals appearances, making 10 straight from 1957-66. The Warriors didn't match the Celtics' feat but placed their name in the record books in making their fifth-straight Finals appearance.
Unlike the Celtics over 50 years ago, there have been 30 teams in the league during each year of the Warriors' run.
Golden State has had multiple identities during this five-year run, but it has been one of the more impressive runs by a franchise in the history of all of the major professional team sports.
This postseason, the team has overcome the challenges presented by reigning MVP James Harden and the Houston Rockets as well as the adversity of the injuries sustained by Cousins, Durant and Iguodala to make its way back to the big stage.
It might get lost in the moment, but this current run the Warriors are on, which began in the 2014-15 season, is unlike anything we have ever seen before and is unlikely to be replicated ever again.