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Strong fourth quarter propels Dubs to victory in Game 5

It’s been a rollercoaster ride, but the Warriors are one win away from an NBA championship after taking a 3-2 straight lead with Monday’s 104-94 win at the Chase Center.

The Warriors took a 16-point lead in the first quarter, but the Celtics charged forward with a blitz in the third quarter. The Dubs responded with a 10-0 sprint to open the fourth quarter and maintained their lead from there.

Andrew Wiggins punctuated his 26-point night with an emphatic dunk with just over two minutes left in the fourth quarter, Klay Thompson followed with a crucial 3-pointer and the Warriors improved to 11-1 at home this postseason.

With the win, the Warriors became the first team to win consecutive games, which also marked the Celtics’ first loss in a row this postseason. Armed with a 3-2 lead in the series, the Warriors will look to wrap up the series and win their fourth NBA title in the last eight seasons when they take on the Celtics for game on Thursday (6:00 p.m. PDT, ABC). 6 visit.

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GROUP LEADER

GSW

Points rebounds assists
Wiggins – 26 Wiggins – 13 curry – 8
Tomson – 21 Green – 8 Green – 6
curry – 16 Payton – 5 Looney – 3

BOS

Points rebounds assists
Tatum – 27 Tatum – 10 Brown – 4
Smart – 20 Horford – 9 Tatum – 4
Brown – 18 Brown – 9 White – 3

FINISH STRONG
After losing a double-digit lead in the third quarter, Wiggins got the Dubs back on track early in the fourth quarter with a hard drive. He secured a defensive rebound at one end of the court and went coast to coast before finishing on a layup. Wiggins was tough throughout the fourth quarter, hitting 5 of 6 off the floor and pulling down five rebounds in that period. Wiggins finished the game 12-on-23 from the floor with 13 rebounds, marking his second straight double-double and sixth of the postseason.

Thompson hit two of his five 3-pointers on fourth-quarter night, his first in a 10-0 run to open the frame, and Stephen Curry hit three of his eight assists in the period when the dubs the goals surpassed the Celtics 29-20 in the last third.

Turnaround in the third quarter
For the entire series, the Warriors had controlled the third quarter, outplaying the Celtics by 49 points in their first four games during that period. But Boston reversed the script, hitting six straight 3-pointers in the third quarter to take the first lead of the game. And when they finally missed, they corralled the offensive rebound and Marcus Smart hit another 3-pointer, giving the Celtics a 61-57 advantage.

Boston had shot 0-for-their-first-12 from long range in the first half but ended the second quarter with three straight hits. That momentum continued into the second half as Tatum scored on his first tries, Smart made two threes and Al Horford made another. The Celtics outplayed the Dubs 35-24 during that period, but the Warriors weathered the storm.

Thompson broke Boston’s 3-point save with two of his own and Jordan Poole soon came through with perhaps the game’s biggest shot.

POOLE BEATS THE SUMMER…AGAIN
After hitting his second 3-pointer of the game to bring the dubs into one at the 1:20 mark of the third quarter, Poole would end the third quarter like Game 2 – with a 3-pointer on the buzzer. This time he brought the 38-footer home from left wing and gave the Dubs a 75-74 advantage going into the fourth quarter.

WARRIORS RESERVES LIGHT THE MATCH
Poole made another jump early in the fourth quarter to cap an 18-3 run by the Warriors that gave the Dubs control of the game. Poole finished the game with 14 points in 14 minutes, and fellow reserves Gary Payton II played perhaps his best game of the postseason, scoring 16 points and five rebounds while playing his trademark disruptive defense that earned him three steals. Payton, shooting 6-for-8 from the ground, was a game-high plus-16 in his 26 minutes of game action.

DRAYMOND DELIVERS THE EARLY SPARK
Draymond Green ended in a foul, but his early game was instrumental in the Warriors’ strong start. A nifty pass to Otto Porter Jr. led to the game’s first Warriors points, and Green kept his foot on the gas from there, helping the Warriors take a 24-8 lead in the first period. He would finish with eight points, eight rebounds and six steals, shooting 3-for-6 from the field.

STAT OF THE NIGHT – PART I
The Warriors had seven turnovers total, resulting in nine Boston points, while the Celtics had 18 turnovers, resulting in 22 points for the Warriors.

STAT OF THE NIGHT – PART II
The Warriors shot 32-for-48 (66.7 percent) on their two-point attempts but only 9-for-40 on their 3-point attempts. Alongside Thompson (5-on-11 3FG) and Poole (3-on-6 3FG), the rest of the dubs went 1-on-23 together from long range. Stephen Curry was 0-for-9 on his threes and ended his streak of 136 straight games in the postseason with at least one made 3-pointer.

More personalities…

  • The Warriors improved to 11-1 at home this postseason, the league’s best mark… The Warriors have outscored their opponents by 115.1 to 102.8 points per game at home in this year’s playoffs and have a 12, 3 points per game.
  • Golden State improved to 4-1 in 2015 NBA Finals Game 5s and 8-2 all-time… The Warriors are now 14-4 in 2015 Postseason Game 5s and 28-23 all-time.
  • The Warriors handed the Celtics their first consecutive losses this postseason… Boston went into tonight’s game after a 7-0 loss in what was the longest such streak in league history (ESPN Stats & Info).
  • Golden State improved to 15-6 in the 2022 playoffs and has not lost consecutive games.
  • Tonight was the 20th NBA Finals win for Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson, the highest of any All-NBA trio in the past 50 years (ESPN Stats & Info), surpassing Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker from the Spurs ( 19).
  • The Warriors have posted a postseason low of seven turnovers in 2022 (previously eight on 5/24 at DAL).
  • Golden State improved to 7-0 in the 2022 postseason when they held their opponent under 100 points… Tonight marked the third time during the Finals that the Warriors held the Celtics to 99 points or fewer (3-0) .
  • The Warriors held the Celtics at an opponents-season low in the first quarter with 16 points (previously 18 at 5/18 against DAL).
  • Tonight was the Warriors’ 430th straight sellout (regular season and playoffs combined).
  • Gary Payton II had a career-high postseason 15 points (4/27 vs. DEN)…His six field goals in eight tries was also a career-high postseason (4/27 vs. DEN)…He picked up a postseason Career-high three steals (previously two on 4/18 vs DEN).
  • Andrew Wiggins recorded his second straight double-double (17 points and 16 rebounds in Game 4) and finished sixth in this year’s playoffs with 26 points and 13 game-high rebounds… It’s his second time in the regular season and the playoffs had back-to-back double-doubles (3/3/20 & 3/5/20)…Tonight was the first time this season (regular season or playoffs) that he directly led the team in goals and rebounds…He scored that 29 rebounds in the last two games.
  • Klay Thompson recorded his 100th career Finals 3-pointer with his first mark of the night and finished with five (104 careers), overtaking LeBron James (101) for second on the NBA all-time three-point list and trailing only his teammate Stephen Curry (146)…They are the only three in NBA history to reach the 100-finals threes milestone.
  • Stephen Curry broke his NBA-record streak of 132 consecutive postseason games with at least one 3-point basket thrown and tonight went 0-of-9 from beyond the arc… He had made one or more three-pointers in every career playoff game prior to tonight … Tonight was the first time he had scored less than 29 points during the 2022 finals.
  • Draymond Green passed Scottie Pippen (207) and Michael Jordan (209) for sole possession of seventh place on the NBA’s all-time Finals Assist List… He has 211 career assists in the Finals.
  • Kevon Looney played in his 103rd combined regular season and playoff game and tied with Harrison Barnes for the third-best finish in a single season in franchise history…Only Klay Thompson and Draymond Green have played more games in a single season (104 in 2015-16).

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