Boston Celtics 94 vs 104 Golden State Warriors summary: stats, and highlights | NBA Finals Game 5
The Golden State Warriors are a win away from lifting the Larry O’Brien trophy after beating the Boston Celtics on Monday night. Andrew Wiggins was sensational, scoring 26 points to lead the Warriors to a 104-94 Game 5 win.
Boston lose back-to-back for first time since January
After taking Game 4 on the road, Golden State returned home with a golden opportunity to take the series lead at the Chase Center, but they would have to do it against a team that had not lost back-to-back games since January.
If that didn’t seem tough enough, they would have to do it essentially with out Steph Curry who came into the game averaging 34.3 ppg in this series. He was held to just 16 points on 7-22 shooting, but Wiggins would step up on Curry’s cold night.
The Warriors jumped out of the gate quickly, by being the more physical team. Wiggins set the tone, and Drayond Green started his night off the right way after struggling over the last two games. On the shoulders of Wiggins and Green the Warriors built up a double digit lead in the first quarter.
GS defense lock up Celtics in first half
The Celtics had a tough time finding easy shots against the tenacious Warriors defense, and Boston would start the game 4-15 from the field.
While Game 4 didn’t have a double digit lead until the last few minutes of the fourth quarter, Golden State kept their advantage above ten for most of the first half.
At one point Boston missed 12 straight threes to start the game and found themselves down by 12 at half after scoring just 39 points in the first two quarters.
Third quarter charge from Boston
The Celtics came roaring back to start the third quarter with a 10-0 run to cut the lead down to just a basket. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown woke up out of the half time break and led the comeback charge from a one-time 16 point deficit. Al Horford gave Boston their first lead of the game mid way through the third quarter, but despite their efforts to claw the lead from Golden State Jordan Poole drained a half court buzzer beater to end the third quarter giving the Warriors a one point lead.
The shot seemed to spur the Warriors to start the second half as they locked the Celtics down on the defensive end. Boston scored just 5 points in the first seven minutes of the fourth quarter, as once again the defense took over.
With Curry having an off night, it would be Wiggins and Poole who carried the Warriors in the final 12 minutes. Wiggins had 10 of his 26 in the fourth stretching the lead out to 16 again.
Golden State have a chance to go in to Boston on Thursday night and win their fourth title in the last eight years. They will have to do it in a hostile TD Garden with the Celtics backs against the wall. Tip off is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET from Boston.
Wiggins had 10 of his 26 in the final quarter, and none were more spectacular than this one to put an exclamation on the Warriors win.
This shot changed the game. The Warriors were trailing most of the third quarter and Poole sent them to the fourth with the lead on this buzzer beater.
Thompson's numbers aren't stunning, but when you think about him having missed the last two years and he's still putting up 21 in a Game 5 it is pretty damn impressive.
Curry warmed up for a moment at the end of the first half to help carry a double digit lead into the break.
With Curry having an off night, the Warriors needed everyone else to step up. Payton had big minutes scoring 15 points.
It is all over! The Warriors shut the Celtics down in the fourth quarter and take Game 5.
Kornet with a three ball.
Nesmith to the line and he hits both.
Nesmith to the line where he makes one of two.
Payton with the tip in off the miss and this game is all over!
Smart stops the bleeding momentarily.
Thompson for three in the corner and the Warriors are back up by 16!!
Brown to the line and he hits both
Wiggins just put the cherry on top of this game! He drive the lane and slams it home!!!
Curry so smooth to the bucket and finishes with the left hand.
Green fouls Smart, and he has fouled out with 3:01 to go. Both FTs good for Smart.
Patyon hits the mid range jumper and it's everyone but the Splash Brother coming in the clutch here in Game 5.
Tatum with a three ball! The Celtics needed that.
Wiggins in the paint and gets the floater to drop
4:20 to go in the fourth
Curry with the floater and he gets a big bucket even in an off night.
The Celtics have scored just 5 points in the first 7 minutes of the fourth quarter.
Brown at the line and he hits one of two.
Wiggins going from left to right and finishing in the lane! He's got 22 for the night.
Wiggins slashing to the rack and gets the finger roll to drop. He's got 20
Tatum hits the second FT out of the timeout.
Tatum to the line after Green commits the foul. He hits one before the Warriors call timeout with 7:44 to go in the fourth.
Brown down the lane and gets the finger roll.
Poole off the dribble hits the jumper and the Warriors are on a 10-0 run.
On the insuing offensive inbound Smart gets called for the offensive foul.
Smart gets a T after Brown is fouled and he continued to chirp at the ref. Curry hits the FT.
Thompson shakes off Smart and drops the wide open three!!! He had all day to shoot that and made no mistake! Timeout Celtics with 9:30 to go in the game.
Poole to the line and he hits both.
Wiggins going to the rack to start the third quarter. That's his first basket since the first half.
Poole hits a buzzer beater to end the third quarter and take the lead back going into the final 12 minutes!!!
Brown driving and finishing and the whistle goes sending Brown to the line. FT is good
Green threads the needle to Payton and the Warriors take the lead back!
Poole open for three, open for buisness from long range!
Smart to the line and he gets one of two to go.
Williams with a dunk and he is in double digits tonight.
Thompson drains a three ball and it may need to be him to step up with Curry having an off night.
Smart gets into the paint and drops the lay up
Thompson snaps the net from downtown and that's their first make in 14 attempts!
Williams comes up with the block on Curry and gets the and one in transition. FT is good to complete the three point play.
Payton getting into the land and finishing the lay up!
Brown following up a miss and getting a tip in on the offensive boards.
Looney on the follow up
Smart from downtown this time! That's nine straight threes
Curry drops the floater out of the timeout!
Horford for three!!! And the Celtics have made their last eight threes!! They lead for the first time tonight, and the Warriors will take a timeout with 6:27 to go in the third quarter.
Smart strings a three ball from the top of the key and we are tied after the Warriors led by as many as 16.
Thompson to the line and he hits two of two.
Tatum with another three ball!!! He's got three this quarter and 22 for the night.
Thompson with the one footed leaner outside the paint. That's the first basket of the second half for the Warriors three minutes in.
Tatum with back-to-back threes!!! They have hit five in a row after missing their first 12! Timeout Warriors with their lead cut to two less than two minutes into the third quarter.
Tatum strings a three ball and just like that it's a five point game!
Brown with the steal and gets fouled by Thompson. Both FTs good and he has four quick points to start the third.
Brown to the line and he hits two of two. Will that get him going in the second half?
The second half is underway from the Chase Center!
Curry got it going in the final minutes of the second quarter, What does he have in store in the second half?
With Curry and Thompson starting slow, everyone else had to get in the mix early on including Gary Payton Jr.
Draymond Green got called out by his own mother after a couple off nights. He's back to his best tonight
Curry has just 2 points after the first quarter. He has been going up against full court face guarding all night long.
The Celtics were held to 39% from the field, which is the same amount of points they have after two quarters. They missed their first 12 three pointers.
Tatum leads the Celtics with 13 points and 8 rebounds, Jaylen Brown has just 4 points on 2-10 shooting. Robert Williams has 8 points and 3 rebounds.
Andrew Wiggins has been fantastic in Game 5. He has 16 points and seven rebounds to lead the Warriors. Curry warmed up late in the first half, and Green has been impactful with 8, 4, and 3 assists.
That is the end of the first half! The Warriors are blanking the Celtics were in San Fran!
Curry with a scoop off the glass going around Horford down low and gets it to drop.
White to the line and he hits one of two.
Curry finds Wiggins slashing down the lane and Wiggins continues to dominate this game.
Tatum getting inside and he's got 13 tonight.
Curry in the corner, and he's got 8 on the night.
Horford to the line, and he hits one of two. The Celtics are three of seven from the line.
Curry to FT line after the timeout and he hits both.
Smart drills a three ball with 2:30 left in the second quarter. We will go to timeout here from Chase Center.
GS hitting the offensive boards hard, and Green hits Wiggins down low for the easiest basket of his night.
Tatum to the line and he misses both
Wiggins on the turn around jumper and he is the go to man right now for the Warriors.
Horford drills a three ball and he has been dangerous from deep in this series.
Quick inbound from Iguodala to Payton who lays it up quick under the basket.
Tatum gets a three ball to go finally after 12 BOS misses from downtown.
Wiggins going to the rack, gets the hoop and the harm on the drive. FT is good for Wiggins who is in double digits.
Green gets the floater, and what an impact he is having after a rough couple of games.
Great slip pass from Smart to R. Williams and he leads the Celtics in scoring with 8
Smart getting back in the paint and finishing with a short jumper over Bjelica. Timeout Warriors after a short run from the Celtics with 8:36 to go in the second quarter.
Tatum spots up with a hand in his face and drops the deep two.
Smart gets in the lane and that a rare easy look for the Celtics.
Green to the line after a foul on R. Williams. He hits both and it's a 14 points game yet again.
Poole with a quick strike on the other end to extend the lead back to double digits.
R. Williams to the line and he hits both to give us the first points in the second quarter almost two minutes in.
The first quarter comes to an end after the Warriors jump out to an early double digit lead.
Wiggins leads all scorers with 7, Thompson has 5 and Curry has 4.
Tatum started slow but hit three straight buckets. He's got 6, While Williams and Brown have 4 a piece. The Celtics were held to 8-23 shooting in the first quarter
A foul on R. Williams is being review as it came on an inbound with 0.5 seconds left, and before the play could be reviewed coach Udoka was hit with a technical. Curry misses the tech, but Wiggins hits one of two.
Williams getting down low and finishing the open basket.
Tatum againgoing to the rack strong and he's got the last three Celtics baskets.
Wiggins with another mid range jumper and he's got 6 already.
Tatum again! This time with a foot on the line. That's a quick 5 for Tatum who just came off the bench.
Tatum gets into the lane, gets the contact but makes the floater for his first points of the night.
Curry gets the roll with the floater in the lane for this second FG of the night.
Payton to the line after being fouled by G. Williams. He gets both to go.
Payton for three out of the timeout and the Warriors lead by 12 already.
Timeout Warriors with 3:50 to go in the first quarter.
Brown going strong to the basket, gets the bucket and the foul. FT is no good, but Looney just picked up his third foul.
Thompson is red hot early on! He got that three to go with two hands in his face.
Horford following up his own miss, and getting the put back to go. That's where they are going to win this game, on the boards.
Thompson off the dribble from the elbow, and everyone is getting a piece of the pie in Game 5 for the Warriors.
Nothing coming easy for the Celtics on the offensive end. They are 2-8 from the field.
Green with the fake hand off, and that opens up a hole in the Boston defense which leads to an easy jam that ignites the Chase Center crowd. Timeout Celtics with 7:28 to go in the first quarter.
Wiggins again, this time off the dribble from the elbow.
Green opens his account, and he has had a really poor last couple of games. That will be a sight for sore eyes in San Fran.
Lob inside to Williams who is used to goetting those good looks around the basket.
Curry going coast to coast and drops the finger roll in transition for his first points
Wiggins going high off the glass, and he has been the most important Warriors player this postseason not named Steph Curry.
Brown starting off hot with a FT line jumper. He has been the man for the Celtics in this series.
Porter Jr. getting the opening bucket of the game and the Warriors drew up a play specifically to get him a quick basket.
Game 5 is underway from Chase Center in San Francisco!!
According to Bet365.com the Golden State Warriors are 4 point favorites at home with the Over/Under at 211. As we have seen in this series, home court doesn’t mean a whole lot, and I don’t think I will matter tonight. I think Boston come out with that same sort of physicality we saw in Game 3, and Jayson Tatum finally has that game he has been seeking, and we have been expecting. Boston wins out right tonight in San Fran.
For a second straight game, Steve Kerr is going with Otto Porter Jr. instead of Kevon Looney. This is a small five to start the game, but in Game 4 this line up got them off to a good start on the battle of the boards.
Ime Udoka's starting five has been the same all series long, so why change now? Will it be Tatum or Brown having a historic night? Will the Boston role players play a big part? It's all hands on deck for the Celtics tonight in the Bay.
Home vs. away
The Boston Celtics handed Golden State their first home loss of the postseason in Game 1 at Chase Center. Outside of that loss the Warriors are perfect, with ten wins under their belt under their home roof. The Celtics have been fantastic on the road, going 8-3 away from Boston
Steph’s Finals stats
Steph Curry is having an incredible NBA Finals run. If he continues on this pace and the Warriors end up winning the title he will no doubt finally be named Finals MVP. He is averaging 34.25 points per game and shooting 47-94 from the field, is at almost 50% shooting from 3 pt. range
Game 5 of a 2-2 Finals
There have been 30 previous NBA Finals that have been tied at 2-2 after four games. In those 30 Finals, the winner of Game 5 has gone on to win the title 22 times. That’s an outrageous percentage of 73.3%. Is this game a must win for both teams? Mathematically no, but morally yes.
We can't have the Warriors playing tonight and not check in on Steph Curry warming up. Whatever he's been doing for the last four games is working, and he won't want to change his routine up too much tonight.
Can Celtics rebound again?
The Celtics have bounced back from every loss they have suffered in this post season. They are a perfect 7-0 after losses in the playoffs, and have not lost back-to-back games since January. They will need to keep that streak alive tonight if they want to get with a game of hoisting the Larry O’Brien Trophy.
Tatum trying to catch up
While Curry is currently receiving all of the accolades, there have been a lot of questions surrounding Jayson Tatum of the Boston Celtics. The first team All-NBA selection has been contained in the first four games of the Finals and knows the Celtics need him if they are going to win it all. "I just got to be better," said Tatum. "I know I can be better, so it's not like I, myself or my team is asking me to do something I'm not capable of. They know the level and I know the level that I can play at. It's not too much pressure at all. It's kind of like my job."
Curry still stunning teammates
Steph Curry didn’t just dazzle those watching from TD Garden and around the World in Game 4, he also impressed his own teammates who apparently don’t get used to those kinds of night from the Splash Brother. "The heart on that man is incredible," said teammate Klay Thompson. "The things he does we kind of take for granted from time to time, but to go out there and put us on his back, I mean, we got to help him out (in Game 5)."
Steph Curry knows what Game 5's in the Finals are all about. Will he take over tonight' like he did in Game 4 back in Boston?
It's sunny in San Fran and the casual drip is on display for the Celtics, but they mean buisness on the road tonight from the Chase Center.
Game 4 recap
Steph Curry had a vintage performance to drive the Warriors to victory in Game 4, scoring 43 points on 14-26 shooting. Friday’s game was the tightest of the series, with neither team leading by more than 7 points until the final minutes of the game. Boston lead going into the fourth quarter, but a 17-3 run in the final 5:30 minutes of the game saw the Warriors steal a game in Boston and get home court advantage back.
We are live from San Fran
Hello everyone and welcome to the Chase Center, for an all important fifth game in the NBA Finals. The Celtics won the opener at TD Garden as Boston hosted a first Finals game in more than a decade, but the Warriors responded in Game 4. It looked like Golden State was no match for the Boston’s defense and physicality in the Celtics Game 3 win, but some tremendous shooting and a fantastic all around performance from Steph Curry evened up the series before sending the series west all square at two games a piece.
Celtics vs Warriors Game 5
The NBA Finals is returns to California with the series tied at 2-2 and tonight the Golden State Warriors have a chance to take the lead over the Boston Celtics for the first time. AS English will have you up to date all night with live updates, scores, stats and highlights of tonight’s crucial Game 5.