The Portland Trail Blazers did everything possible to stave off elimination in Game 5, but Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry proved to be too much in the end, and Damian Lillard and company are headed home for the summer.

Thompson scored 33 points and Curry added 29 (including the dagger three-pointer) in the Golden State Warriors’ series-clinching 125-121 victory Wednesday night.

The defending champs are in the Western Conference Finals for the second year in a row.

Per the AP:

Thompson scored 33 points with six 3-pointers, while Curry added 29 and sealed it with a 3 with 24.9 seconds left. He finished with five 3s a day after becoming the first unanimous MVP in NBA history, also adding 11 assists after returning to the starting lineup for the first time all series because of a knee injury.

 

“West finals two years in a row, it’s been a special, special season,” Thompson said. […] Draymond Green, who had his left ankle re-taped in the fourth quarter, had 13 points, 11 rebounds and six assists after guaranteeing Golden State would advance from this game.

 

Damian Lillard scored 28 points and CJ McCollum had 27 for the young Trail Blazers, who overcame an 0-2 deficit to the Clippers in the first round to get this far. […] “We know what it takes to win in the playoffs,” Thompson said. “That might be the closest five-game series of all-time.”

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