Ranking Warriors' best Memorial Day Weekend Games since 2015
5. Western Conference finals Game 3 at Houston Rockets
The Rockets have been eliminated from the postseason by the Warriors in four of the last five years. The first instance came in 2015.
Golden State carried its surge from its come-from-behind series victory over the Memphis Grizzlies in the second round into the third, winning the first two games of the series against the Rockets at home -- but only by a combined five points. When the series transitioned to Houston for Game 3, Steph Curry ensured it wouldn't be nearly as close.
Curry scored 37 of his game-high 40 points in the first three quarters, as the Warriors built a 62-37 lead at halftime. Golden State would go on to win 115-80, and while the Rockets managed to stay alive at home in Game 4, it was short-lived. The Warriors easily won Game 5 to advance to the NBA Finals, where they eventually would defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers in six games for the franchise's first championship in 40 years.
4. 2018 Western Conference finals Game 6 vs. Rockets
Facing elimination on their own home floor, the Warriors started terribly in a 115-86 win in Game 6. They trailed by as many as 17 points in the early going, but they managed to fight their way back and turn the game into a blowout.
Curry, Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant combined for 85 points and 15 3-pointers, while Golden State's defense limited Houston to just 86 points total. In fact, the Warriors allowed only 25 points in the second half.
This all set up a win-or-go-home situation in Game 7 in Houston ...
3. 2018 Western Conference finals Game 7 vs. Rockets
Once again, the Warriors fell behind early. Once again, it didn't matter, as Golden State advanced to The Finals with a 101-92 win.
Golden State trailed by as many as 15 points in the first half, but the Rockets' shooters got tight as the Warriors trimmed more and more off that deficit. At one point during the second half, Houston missed 27 3-point attempts in a row.
In the meantime, the Warriors took the game over. They outscored the Rockets 58-38 in the second half and ultimately closed out the nine-point victory to clinch the series, later sweeping the Cavaliers for their third championship in four seasons.
2. 2016 Western Conference finals Game 6 at Oklahoma City Thunder
The Warriors trailed the series three games to one. Then three to two. Then Klay Thompson pulled them even as "Game 6 Klay" in 108-101 win over the Thunder.
Oklahoma City held an 83-75 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Thompson wouldn't let Golden State lose. He scored 19 of his game-high 41 points in the fourth quarter, singlehandedly equaling the Thunder's scoring output in the final period. He put on a legendary performance from long distance, converting an NBA playoff-record 11 3-pointers.
Curry nearly finished with a triple-double, but there was no mistaking who was the Warriors' hero that memorable day.
1. 2016 Western Conference finals Game 7 vs. Thunder
Game 6 Klay wouldn't be remembered nearly as fondly if the Warriors had bit the dust in Game 7. But, obviously, that's not what happened in their 96-88 win.
Golden State again got off to a slow start, trailing 35-22 at one point. The Warriors also produced their lowest-scoring first half (42 points) in a home game that season. Luckily, they had another patented third-quarter surge in them.
Golden State outscored Oklahoma City 29-12 in the third quarter to retake the lead, and though it was neck-and-neck in the fourth, the Warriors held on to win.
Though Golden State ultimately lost to Cleveland in seven games in The Finals, the Warriors' Game 7 victory against the Thunder changed the course of NBA history. It was the last game Kevin Durant ever played for Oklahoma City before joining Golden State in free agency.
Durant, of course, would go on to be named Finals MVP in each of the next two seasons.