NBA Finals: Andrew Wiggins leads Golden State Warriors to Game 5, Boston Celtics’ inexperience on the big stage finally revealed | NBA News

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

Andrew Wiggins was the star player this time around with impressive scoring, defense and rebounding. He had 26 points and 13 rebounds, had his second straight NBA Finals double-double, and was a vermin on defense all night for the Boston Celtics, who are now trailing 3-2 for the first time. .

Wiggins wasn’t alone, though, with Draymond Green setting the tone early on with some massive energy play, including when he chased a loose ball into the crowd and collided with a spectator. Huge cheers erupted around the Chase Center as he checked to see if the woman involved was alright. It wasn’t long before he sold a giant fake ball to Boston’s defense that got the crowd on their feet and allowed him to score an easy layup.

Klay Thompson hit some huge 3-pointers, including two for Boston in the third quarter after the Warriors led by 16. Thompson finished with 21 points, including 5-of-11 three-pointers.

As far as Curry is concerned, he failed to hit a 3-pointer in an NBA game for the first time since Nov. 8, 2018. He did score 16 points, but was in poor form. Still, he didn’t force anything, but let his teammates shine for him on rest nights.

Basketball is a game of running, so it’s proven in this game. Golden State got off to a strong start in the first half and held a steady lead, leading by more than a dozen at halftime as Boston scored just 39 points in the first half.

Then in the third quarter, which was the Warriors’ claim zone in all series (they scored 49 points in Game 5), Boston made a massive comeback for almost the entire season.

The Warriors ended the third quarter with a ridiculous Jordan Poole shot to keep a one-point lead going into the fourth. He had 14 points on the night, and Gary Payton II, a Renaissance player who broke his elbow a month before the NBA Finals, also had 15 points and five rebounds in Game 5.

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In Game 5 against the Boston Celtics, Golden State got a huge boost from Jordan Poole at the end of the third quarter.Just before the clock ran out, he made a spectacular buzzer-beater

Golden State established itself early in the fourth, though, ensuring Boston was down by double digits three and a half minutes before the third, and they didn’t look back from there.

The Celtics, on the other hand, imploded, and their inexperience showed at the start and end of the game.

They started Monday night’s clash with no rhythm offense and trying to force everything through Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. In the fourth game, the temperament of the young team was completely lost. The team’s 18 turnovers were too many for the away finals.

Boston’s shooting from beyond the arc exemplifies the upside-down nature of the game. They started with a 0-for-12 on 3-pointers, then eight straight games gave them the lead in the third quarter. Their aggressive stretch was mostly powered by Tatum and Smart, who had 27 points and 10 rebounds and Smart had 20. Brown got off to a bright start again but quickly faded — the theme of this series — and finished with 18 points and nine rebounds.

Tatum looked like he was on the cusp of his best performance in the Finals for a stretch in the third quarter, but he took the job out of it with some poor decisions, and on two separate occasions, the 24 The 19-year-old missed two free throws after being fouled. Boston was 21 of 31 from the line. That, along with turnovers, proved to be very expensive for road teams.

The Warriors, on the other hand, overcame a very poor 3-point shooting percentage (17 percent) in the first half, and they played at a cooler tempo than Game 4 required.

The clutch moment came in the third quarter when Thompson finally found his rhythm with a 3-pointer after the Warriors dropped 14 in a row.

Still, the Warriors’ depth was on display, with all the role players making a difference, like Green’s rebound pass to Payton and Poole’s huge bank shots. As for Wiggins, he’s the second-best player from distance in the Dubs series, and he’s had a number of great plays.

The No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft is a testament to the transformation of stardom on a night when all of the Warriors’ stars, except usually their brightest, shine on the big stage.

Boston, on the other hand, looked timid, suffering its second straight loss for the first time in this postseason. If Banner 18 is to hang in Boston’s rafters, they’ll need to avoid another defeat.

The Dubs, though, are just one win away from their fourth title in eight seasons.They’ll have a chance to make it happen on Thursday night, and it’s a game you can watch Live Sky Sports.

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