NBA: Warriors win 104-94 over Celtics in Game 5 of the final series


The Golden State Warriors grabbed a serious option for another NBA championship on Monday by defeating the Boston Celtics 104-94 in Game 5 of the Finals series.

The California team went three to two despite a painful night from superstar Stephen Curry, who had a miserable 0-on-9 night from the three-point line.

Curry had never gone through a playoff game without a successful long-range shot in his NBA career.

If they win Game 6 in Boston on Thursday, they will become champions for the seventh time in their history, fourth in eight years.

If Boston manages to win 3-3 on their ground, a crucial game seven, back in San Francisco on Sunday, will decide which team is crowned.

It is the first time in this playoff that the Celtics have lost two games in a row.

Golden State was buoyed by brilliant 26- and 21-point performances from Andrew Wiggins and Klay Thompson, who took over as Curry struggled.

“My state of mind was to be aggressive. I’m just trying to do what it takes to win, whether that’s goals, rebounds, defense or whatever is asked of me,” commented matter-of-factly Wiggins, who has also excelled with a couple of game-keys in the defensive cover.

The 18 turnovers Boston committed in that fifth game resulted in 22 points for the Warriors on the counterattack.

Jayson Tatum had 27 points for the Celtics while Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown had 20 and 18 respectively.

Golden State prevailed despite going 9 for 40 on perimeter shots. The club missed its first 12 such shots.

The Celtics shone in the third quarter with 35 points, almost as many as in the first half (39).

Boston had eight straight threes to take a 58-55 lead mid-period.

However, Jordan Poole’s spectacular shot to close out the third quarter rocked the lineup and led to the types of plays that gave the Warriors a 12-4, 22-8 lead earlier in the game.

The visitors violated their own cause with a 21-to-31 free throw return.

Poole’s exclamation mark at the end of the third quarter

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