Golden State Warriors eliminate Dallas Mavericks

Golden State Warriors eliminate Dallas Mavericks with Game 5 win, return to NBA Finals for first time since 2019

As Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr watched his team celebrate their 120-110 win over the Dallas Mavericks

Tonight was different because we've done it before," Kerr said. "But in a different way,

It was the moment that the Warriors had made the NBA Finals for the  first time since 2019 and for the sixth time in the past eight years.

Over the past two years, everything came crashing down for the Warriors.  Just two seasons ago, Golden State had the worst record in the NBA

A big part of reestablishing Warriors basketball has been the return of Thompson

All five of the Warriors' starters finished in double digits, but Game 5  was also a showcase of the Warriors' depth, which was much needed with  Porter sidelined with left foot soreness.

Golden State took control of Thursday night's Game 5 early, building an 18-point lead in the second quarter

Thompson became the first player in NBA history to hit 8 3s in multiple series-clinching games in his career