16 May 2015

Warriors reach NBA conference finals

6:38 pm on 16 May 2015

The Golden State Warriors continued their historic run towards an NBA championship by taking out the Memphis Grizzlies to book a place in the western conference finals.

Stephen Curry playing for the USA, 2014

Stephen Curry playing for the USA, 2014 Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The Warriors won game six 108-95 on the Grizzlies' home court to take the series 4-2.

"It's been 39 years since we have been in the conference finals," the Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said.

The Warriors had the best record in the regular season with 67 wins and 15 losses

The Los Angeles Clippers play the Houston Rockets in LA on Monday, with the winner taking on the Warriors in game one of the seven-game conference finals series on Thursday in Oakland.

In the fourth quarter, the recently crowned NBA most valuable player Stephen Curry was at his devastating best, hitting three three-pointers in two minutes to snuff out the Grizzlies.

Curry had 32 points for the game, including 8-13 three-pointers, and 10 assists.

Curry is renowned for spectacular shots but impressed himself when, with one second left in the third quarter and 21 metres from the basket, he tossed up a shot and it went in.

The Cleveland Cavaliers, will take on the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday in game one of the eastern conference finals.

The winner will play the western conference champion for the NBA championship.

The Cavaliers knocked the Chicago Bulls out of the playoffs on Thursday and on Friday the Hawks extinguished the Washington Wizards in a thriller.

It's the Hawks' first trip to a conference final since the NBA realigned into conferences in 1970-71.