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NBA Finals: Andrew Wiggins leads the Golden State Warriors to Game 5 victory as the Boston Celtics’ inexperience is finally shown on the big stage | NBA News

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The Golden State Warriors did it this time, not because of Stephen Curry, but in spite of him, defeating the Boston Celtics 104-94 in Game 5 of the NBA Finals.

Andrew Wiggins was the star this time around, impressing with his scoring, defense and rebounding in a superb all-around display. He scored 26 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to secure a second straight NBA Finals double-double and was also a defensive pest all night for the Boston Celtics, who now fall behind in the best-of-seven series for the first time. time behind 3 -2.

Wiggins wasn’t alone though, Draymond Green set the tone with some high-energy plays early on, including one in which he chased a loose ball through the crowd and collided with an audience member. A huge cheer went up around the Chase Center as he checked to see if the lady involved was okay. Soon after, he brought the entire crowd to its feet when he sold a massive fake to the Boston defense, allowing him to get to the rim for an easy bucket.

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Klay Thompson hit some huge 3-pointers, including a pair amid Boston’s run in the third quarter after the Warriors blew a 16-point lead. Thompson scored 21 points in the end, including 5 of 11 from three.

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Golden State got a big boost from Jordan Poole late in the third quarter in Game 5 against the Boston Celtics. He made a spectacular play just before time ran out.

Curry, meanwhile, failed to hit a 3-pointer in an NBA game for the first time since Nov. 8, 2018. He scored 16 points but wasn’t good. However, he did not force anything and allowed his teammates to shine on a bad night for him.

Basketball is a racing game and he proved it in this one. Golden State started at a breakneck pace in the first and held a steady lead to lead by a dozen points at halftime, with Boston limited to just 39 in the first half.

Then, in the third quarter, which has been the Warriors’ statement all series (they were +49 going into Game 5) and most of the season, it was Boston that responded with a huge comeback.

It took a ridiculous Jordan Poole bench shot late in the third for the Warriors to hold a one-point lead going into the fourth. He had 14 points on the night and Renaissance man Gary Payton II, who broke his elbow just a month before the NBA Finals began, also contributed heavily in Game 5 with 15 points and 5 rebounds.

However, Golden State reasserted their authority early in the fourth, making sure Boston fell back by double figures 3 1/2 minutes into the third and they didn’t look back from there.

The Celtics, on the other hand, imploded and their inexperience showed early and late in the game.

They entered Monday night’s matchup with no rhythm in their offense and trying to force everything through Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. In the fourth, the younger team’s temper was completely gone and the team’s 18 turnovers were too many for a final game away from home.

The upside-down nature of the game was exemplified by Boston’s shooting from beyond the arc. They started 0-for-12 from 3-point range before making their next eight in a row to give them the lead in the third quarter. Their winning streaks were fueled primarily by Tatum, who finished with 27 points and 10 rebounds, and Smart with 20 points. Brown, again started brightly but quickly faded, a theme during this series, and finished with 18 points and nine rebounds.

It looked like Tatum was on the cusp of his best finals performance for a period in the third quarter, but he undid that job with some poor calls and on two separate occasions, the 24-year-old missed both free throws after being fouled. . . Boston overall was 21-of-31 from the line. That, coupled with turnovers, proved very costly for the away team.

The Warriors, on the other hand, overcame a very poor 3-point shooting display in the first half (just 17 percent), playing with composure and at a more measured pace than they needed to in Game 4.

A key moment came in the third quarter when Thompson finally drilled a 3-pointer after the Warriors had missed 14 in a row and then found his rhythm shooting 3-pointers.

However, the Warriors’ strength showed in depth and there were big plays from all the role players, like Green’s rebound pass to Payton and Poole’s great shot. As for Wiggins, who has been the Dubs’ second-best player in the series by far, he had multiple highlights.

The No. 1 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft proved to be the star on a night when every Warriors star except the man who is usually the brightest shined on the big stage.

Boston, on the other hand, looked chickened out and suffered a second straight loss for the first time this postseason. They’ll have to avoid losing again if Banner 18 is going to hang in the Boston rafters.

However, the Dubs are just one win away from a fourth title in eight seasons. They’ll get a chance to make it happen on Thursday night, a game you can watch live on Sky Sports.

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