The Golden State Warriors beat the Boston Celtics 104-94 at home on Tuesday night in Game 5 of the overseas NBA playoffs. They lead 3-2 in the series but are just one win away from winning their seventh championship trophy. A sixth duel is scheduled for Friday night in Boston.
“We had two tries for a win, but we knew how difficult it was going to be. We haven’t celebrated anything yet, but we want, we’re in this position, but we want to take advantage of them,AFP quoted Warriors coach Steven Kerr as saying.
Andrew Wiggins led the home team with 26 points and 13 rebounds, while Klay Thompson had 21 points, including five 3-pointers. Game 4 hero Stephen Curry was below that number after scoring 43 points on a night in Boston, where he had just 16 points at home.
For the first time in his career, he didn’t shoot from beyond the arc in the playoffs. He has been converted in all 132 meetings so far. At the same time, Curry’s record of making at least one 3-pointer in 233 straight games in the regular season also fell. Starting in November 2018, the line lasted for three and a half months.
“Steph is the best shooter from beyond the arc. But I tell you, everyone on the court and watching the game thinks that when the ball leaves his hand, it goes to the rim. I can’t even imagine that. Even he can have a bad night, but I’m sure he’ll get us again in the next game.” Thompson said.
Boston had 27 points from Jayson Tatum, 20 from Marcus Smart and 18 from Jaylen Brown. However, the Celtics conceded eight times to give the hosts a decisive 10-point lead in the final quarter. “We lacked consistency throughout the game and we had to improve it. Not from game to game, but quarter to quarter. We got that in Game 3, but in Game 3 Didn’t get four games.” Celtics coach Udoka said.
NBA – Finals Playoffs:
Golden State Warriors-Boston Celtics 104:94 (27:16, 24:23, 24:35, 29:20)
Golden State: Wiggins 26 (13 rebounds), Thompson 21, Curry 16, Green 8, Porter 2 (Payton II 15, Poole 14, Looney 2, Belika, Iguodala, Lee, Moody, Cuminga, Toscano Anderson)
Boston: Tatum 27 (10 rebounds), Smart 20, Brown 18, R. Williams 10, Horford 9 (G. Williams 3, Cornett 3, Nesmith 3, White 1, Pritchard, Morgan, Hauser, Stauskas)
TH: 15/13 – 31/21, trojky: 9:11, 18,064 spectators.
/Series rate: 3:2/