Warriors survive Celtics’ 3rd-quarter storm, move within win of NBA crown
Klay Thompson and Andrew Wiggins helped restore order as the Golden State Warriors outlasted the Celtics’ third-quarter outburst, 104-94, in Game 5 to move within a win of the NBA championship.
Wiggins dropped a double-double of 26 points and 13 rebounds and Thompson also fired 21 points, 15 coming from three-point range, as the Warriors grabbed a pivotal 3-2 series lead.
The Warriors survived a third-quarter storm from the Celtics, who rallied from a 12-point halftime deficit, 39-51, to wrest the lead, 66-61, behind Jayson Tatum.
But Thompson fueled a Golden State response and a Jordan Poole buzzer-beating trey capped the run that put the Warrior back on top, 75-74, at the end of the third quarter.
Tatum led the Celtics with 27 points and 10 rebounds.
Steph Curry, who exploded for 43 points in the Warriors’ Game 4 triumph, went scoreless from three-point range, missing all his nine attempts before finishing with 16 points and 8 assists.
Back to square one.
With the 2022 NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Boston Celtics tied at two games apiece, expect an all-out war in Game 5 on Monday, June 13 (Tuesday, June 14, Manila time) as both teams fight for a pivotal 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series.
Although no team has won back-to-back games in this series so far, momentum may be on the side of the Warriors as the finals shifts back to the Bay Area for the all-important Game 5.
The Warriors avoided falling into a 1-3 hole with a much-needed 107-97 win in Game 4, thanks to the heroics of Steph Curry, who put up 43 points on 7-of-14 shooting from beyond the arc, 10 rebounds, and 4 assists.
Look for the Warriors to ride on the hot hands of Curry anew in Game 5, together with the steady double-digit scoring contributions of Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins, and Jordan Poole.
For the Celtics, Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown must come up with much-better performances and increase further their scoring outputs as they combined for just 44 points in Game 4.
The Celtics also need Al Horford and Marcus Smart to be more consistent on the offensive end if they want to replicate their Game 1 win on the road and move on the cusp of their first NBA title in 14 years.
Game time is 9 am.