Golden State Warriors (8/13 – NBA Championship Outright) head coach Steve Kerr says it is “special for all of us” after his side booked their spot in the NBA Finals for the first time since 2019.

The Warriors defeated the Dallas Mavericks 120-110 to wrap up the Western Conference Finals series 4-1 and confirm their return to the NBA Finals for the first time since losing to the Toronto Raptors three years ago.

It also means Golden State have reached the Finals for the sixth time in eight years, becoming the first team to achieve this feat since the Chicago Bulls in the 1990s, and they will be confident of lifting the trophy for the seventh time in their history.

Speaking after the victory, Kerr – who played in the last three of Chicago’s six NBA Championship wins between 1991 and 1998 – expressed his delight at the performance and effort put in by his side.

“To be in the finals six times in eight years, it just takes an enormous amount of skill and determination and work,” he said. “To get back again is special for all of us. It’s so difficult to get to the finals. It’s exhausting, stressful, emotional.”

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Golden State now awaits the winner of the Eastern Conference Finals and this series has the potential to go down to the final game, with the Boston Celtics leading the Miami Heat 3-2 after their recent 93-80 road win.

The Celtics have home-court advantage for Game 6 – which takes place in the early hours of Saturday – and they are 2/9 favourites to pick up the win and book their spot in the Finals, while Miami are 10/3 to force a decider.

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