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Celtics-Warriors score, takeaways: Golden State takes control of NBA Finals despite poor night from Steph Curry

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The Golden State Warriors are one win away from continuing their dynasty with another championship following their 104-94 win over the Boston Celtics in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday night. Just two seasons ago, the Warriors finished with the worst record in the Western Conference at 15-50 and are now on the cusp of their fourth title since 2015.

While Stephen Curry had led the team to this point, the Warriors helped him a lot in Game 5 when four other players besides Curry, led by Andrew Wiggins and his 26 points, scored in double figures for Golden State. Giving Curry help on the offensive end was something the entire Warriors supporting cast mentioned was essential in Game 5 and they did exactly that to help Golden State to a double-digit win.

With the win, Curry and the Warriors can close out this series at Boston’s TD Garden on Thursday night in Game 6.

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Wiggins and company lead the way

We were bound to have a bad game from Curry at some point, and when it did, the focus would be on which of the Warriors players would take over. Considering how much Golden State has relied on Curry’s brilliance through the first four games of the series, no one could have predicted he would win the game in which he put up just 16 points and failed to hit a 3-pointer for the first time. . time in 233 games (more on that below). But here we are, the Warriors are up 3-2 in this series against the Celtics and that’s due to the outstanding performance of their players, but especially Wiggins.

After being an outright force in the cup in Game 4 to help the Warriors win, Wiggins followed that performance with an even better performance: 26 points, 13 rebounds, two assists and two steals. He was the main reason Golden State won Monday night, getting what he wanted on offense and being disruptive on the other end of the floor. His really came to life in the fourth quarter, where he scored 10 of his 26 points to push what was a one-point lead late in the third quarter to a 10-point lead late in the game.

While Wiggins was the head of the snake on Golden State’s offense in Game 5, he wasn’t the only player to pick up the slack in the midst of Curry’s uncharacteristic game. Thompson had by far his best performance of the series, going 5-for-11 from center and being the only Warriors starter to hit a 3-pointer. In the last two games leading up to this one, it seemed like he was taking baby steps to get back to the power forward we’d come to expect from him, and in Game 5 he delivered when the Warriors needed him most.

The bench was also a huge advantage for the Warriors on Monday night. Golden State’s second unit outscored Boston 31-10, as Jordan Poole and Gary Payton had 29 of those points. Poole’s massive 35-footer late in the third quarter is what sparked Golden State’s dominant fourth-quarter performance. It was a complete team effort for the Warriors in Game 5, and it was much needed with Curry having an off night.

Celtics mistakes get the best of them

Although the Warriors looked like a superior team for most of this game, by the third quarter the Celtics began to look like the team that won Games 1 and 3 of this series. The offense was getting easy and the defense was forcing the Warriors to have low quality looks. As a result, Boston used a 10-0 run to open the third quarter and take its first lead of the night with 6:27 left. It looked like the Celtics had the ability to steal this win as they held a slim two-point lead with three seconds left in the third quarter.

But then this happened:

Poole single-handedly took the life of the Celtics with this shot to end the third quarter. He gave the Warriors a one-point lead before the game’s final 12 minutes, and Golden State never gave up the lead.

In the fourth quarter, the Celtics turned the ball over four times, shooting 26.7 percent from the field and 25 percent from deep. It has been one of the persistent problems that has plagued the Celtics throughout the postseason. They’ve struggled at times to generate offense in the fourth quarter, especially when the game is close. It happened in Game 4, where the Warriors outscored the Celtics 15-0 in the clincher (last five minutes of the game), and again on Monday night Boston seemed out of it.

This is not to say that this game was lost in the fourth quarter, because Boston also struggled a lot in the first half, committing nine turnovers in the first two quarters. However, they fully returned to this game in the third quarter and then completely blew a golden opportunity to take a 3-2 lead in the NBA Finals. I know this team is young, but you can’t let that shot from Poole completely derail your game, especially not with a championship on the line.

Curry’s historic streak comes to an end

Entering Game 5, Curry had hit a 3-pointer in each of his 132 career playoff games. He also hit a 3-pointer in 233 straight games, including both the regular season and the playoffs. You’d think Curry hitting a solo 3-pointer would be a safe bet considering those numbers, but that streak came to an end in Game 5. Curry went 0-for-9 from long range Monday night, snapping his streak of consecutive games with a he hit 3-pointers and ended his perfect scoring streak in each of his postseason games. Both streaks were NBA records.

Coming off a 43-point, 10-rebound performance, Curry looked a bit frazzled in Game 5. Several of his 3-pointers were hitting the front of the rim, suggesting his legs were exhausted from carrying the team to the victory. in Game 4. With Curry’s uncharacteristic performance in Game 5, you’d think the Warriors would have lost. But Boston couldn’t take advantage of its poor shooting night, and now the Warriors are one win away from a championship.

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