When the Boston Celtics started Game 6 of the NBA Finals 14-2, it looked like the team was about to go on a historic streak. This is not what happened. The Warriors slowly but surely took the lead, cutting it to six at 22-16 and remaining 2:53 into the first quarter. And then? The Warriors knocked the Celtics off the floor.
The Celtics didn’t score again until the 9:59 mark in the second quarter. During that time, the Warriors turned a six-point gap into a 15-point lead. In just four minutes and 54 seconds, the Warriors completed the longest hitting streak in 50 years in NBA Finals history: 21-0.
What’s amazing about running? At the same time, the Warriors won only one bucket from Stephen Curry. He made 3 at the end of the first quarter but rested at the start of the second. Instead, Jordan Pool took the lead with 11 points in the second run. Their team defense choked the Celtics for nearly five minutes, and by the time the streak ended, a relatively tight game had become one the Warriors were in complete control of.
The Warriors have always been a running team. Their reliance on three-point shots makes them inherently streaked. So it seems fitting that on the night they have the chance to win their fourth league title in eight years, they put on a similarly historic streak. It was the culmination of everything Warriors Warriors does.