Credit: AFP-Scanpix
Credit AFP-Scanpix

Andrew Wiggins gave Golden State the lead for good on a 3-pointer with 6:29 to go and the Warriors earned a sixth trip to the Western Conference finals in the past eight years with a 110-96 (30-26, 23-25, 25-26, 32-19) victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday in Game 6 of their first-round series in San Francisco.

Player of the Game
Klay  Thompson
Klay Thompson
Points 30
Accuracy 11-22
Rebounds 8
Assists 2

Klay Thompson had a game-high-tying 30 points, Stephen Curry added 29, and Kevon Looney led a dominant effort on the boards with a career-high 22 rebounds for the third-seeded Warriors, who successfully rebounded from a 39-point shellacking in Game 5 at Memphis.

The Warriors, who won three championships between 2015 and '18 but missed the playoffs each of the past two seasons, will face either top-seeded Phoenix or fourth-seeded Dallas in the Western finals. The Suns host the Mavericks in a decisive Game 7 on Sunday.

After neither team led by more than nine points in a tightly contested first three quarters, the sides traded the lead three times and mixed in a pair of ties before Wiggins buried his go-ahead 3-pointer for a 90-89 advantage.

Wiggins then added a dunk, Curry a 3-pointer, and Draymond Green a dunk off a Looney assist as Golden State scored the next seven points to go up 97-89 with 5:04 remaining.

The second-seeded Grizzlies, who effectively lost home-court advantage in the best-of-seven series with a home loss in Game 1, got no closer than seven after that.

Thompson's 30 points came on 11-for-22 shooting, including 8-for-14 from 3-point range. Curry hit 10 of his 27 shots and six of his 17 3-point attempts. They combined for 14 of Golden State's 20 3-pointers, as the Warriors outscored the Ja Morant-less Grizzlies 60-45 from beyond the arc.

Wiggins finished with 18 points and Jordan Poole had 12 for Golden State. Green dished out a game-high-tying eight assists to complement a 14-point, 15-rebound double-double.

3-pointers this season

Points made: 14,3
Accuracy: 36,5%
Place in standings: 2
Record max: 22
Record min: 5
Most made 3FGs: Stephen Curry

Golden State overcame 19 turnovers by outrebounding Memphis 70-44, including 25-10 on the offensive boards. Half of Looney's 22 rebounds, eight more than he'd ever previously recorded in a playoff game and four more than he ever had in a regular-season game, came on the offensive end.

Wiggins was a third Warrior with double-digit rebounds, grabbing 10 to complete the team's second double-double.

Memphis' Dillon Brooks, who served a one-game suspension earlier for a flagrant foul that knocked Gary Payton II out of the series, matched Thompson for game-high scoring honors with 30 points. He made 7 of 15 long-range attempts.

Desmond Bane buried four 3-pointers on a 25-point night for the Grizzlies, while Jaren Jackson Jr. added 12 points and four blocks. Steven Adams had a team-high 10 rebounds and Tyus Jones logged seven points, eight assists, and nine rebounds.

Warriors: Klay Thompson 30 (8 REB), Stephen Curry 29 (7 REB, 5 AST), Andrew Wiggins 18 (10 REB), Draymond Green 14 (16 REB, 8 AST), Jordan Poole 12.

Grizzlies: Dillon Brooks 30, Desmond Bane 25 (7 REB), Jaren Jackson Jr. 12.

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Golden State Warriors
Memphis Grizzlies
Field goals
Free throws

Best players

Klay  Thompson
30 PTS
11/22 FG
0/0 FT
Dillon  Brooks
30 PTS
11/28 FG
1/2 FT
Kevon  Looney
22 REB
Steven  Adams
10 REB
Draymond  Green
8 As
4 TO
39 MIN
Tyus  Jones
8 As
2 TO
36 MIN
Klay  Thompson
27 EFF
38% 2P%
57% 3P%
Desmond  Bane
24 EFF
56% 2P%
57% 3P%