May 26, 2022; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) and guard Stephen Curry (right) hug after winning game five of the 2022 western conference finals against the Dallas Mavericks at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

After missing the NBA Finals in each of the last two seasons, the Golden State Warriors are headed back.

Any hopes that the Dallas Mavericks had about carrying the momentum of their Game 4 win to get the series back to Dallas for Game 6 were quickly dashed. The Warriors jumped out to a big halftime lead, thanks largely to the hot shooting of Klay Thompson. And while Dallas did narrow the gap in the second half, the outcome was never in doubt, as Golden State came away with a 120-110 win in Game 5 in a 4-1 series win.

NBA fans quickly flooded Twitter with their praise of the new — yet also old — Western Conference Champions.

While this will be Golden State’s sixth trip to the finals in eight years, it will be against a different opponent. Four of the previous five trips came against the Cleveland Cavaliers, while the fifth was against the Toronto Raptors. The Warriors defeated Cleveland in 2015, 2017 and 2019, losing in 2016. Golden State lost to Toronto in 2019.

The Warriors and Boston Celtics do have some history with each other in the Finals, though not recently, with the previous meeting coming in 1964. Golden State and the Miami Heat have never met in the Finals.

Regardless of who wins the Eastern Conference Finals, the Warriors will have home-court advantage. The NBA Finals will begin on Thursday, June 2 at the Chase Center in San Francisco.

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