Game 5 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Boston Celtics ended with the Warriors taking a 3-2 lead over the Celtics, with Andrew Wiggins leading the way to victory.
Andrew Wiggins single-handedly took the heat off Stephen Curry and performed the best game of his eight-year career, displaying resolute confidence and tenacity throughout the game.
The Golden State Warriors rode the momentum of a Jordan Poole buzzer-beater in the third quarter to a 104-94 victory over the Boston Celtics. The Warriors are one victory away from clinching their fourth NBA title since 2015.
Gary Payton II and Jordan Poole combined for 29 points off the bench, while Wiggins produced his fifth postseason double-double. Klay Thompson nailed five 3-pointers and scored 21 points. Steve Kerr spoke highly of Wiggins’ overall performance in the game, he said:
“He’s definitely confident, he’s definitely enjoying the playoffs,” Kerr said. “He loves the challenge, he loves the competition. He’s found such a crucial role on this team. I think that empowers him. He knows how much we need him. He’s been fantastic.”
Curry scored 16 points on Monday, but he went 0-for-9 from 3-point range for the first time in his playoff career and the first time in an NBA game since November 8, 2018.
“Even for the best shooter in the world [have] games like this happen. And fortunately, they don’t happen too often,” coach Kerr said. “I like Steph coming off of a game like this, too. I like his ability to bounce back. So to be able to win the game with our defense, with our depth, is a great team effort.”
With 2:10 left, Wiggins surged through the lane for a powerful one-handed slam, capping a spectacular effort on both ends. What a marvelous gameplay, by the warriors.
NBA Finals Game 6
The Warriors have a chance to win their fourth championship in eight years after Game 6 in Boston on Thursday night. However, if the Celtics win Game 6, the game will be extended to a seventh game, in which the teams would face off in a ‘winner takes all’ matchup in the Bay Area.