The Golden State Warriors Have Finally Taken The Lead In The NBA Finals!

The Golden State Warriors Have Finally Taken The Lead In The NBA Finals!

The tension and thrill of the NBA Finals are going over the roof as Game 5 commences between the Boston Celtics and the Golden State Warriors. Having tied the series 2-2, the Warriors will look to take advantage of the homecourt and turn things around in their favor. The Celtics will try to take the lead to put themselves in a favorable position come Game 6.

The Golden State Warriors went with their starting lineup of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins, Otto Porter Jr and Draymond Green. The Boston Celtics started with Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Al Horford and Robert Williams III.

Game Summary

With the opening tip, the Warriors took possession of the ball and Otto Porter Jr immediately scored the first 2 points of the game. The Celtics were quick to put themselves on the board as well with a fadeaway jumper from Jaylen Brown.

But the Warriors looked like the better team. They were communicating their plays and were moving the ball really well. Although they were missing some shots but they were getting their efficiency upto par with each possession. The Celtics on the other hand were struggling. Jaylen Brown was hoping to make some impact early on but that did not work like it did in the previous games.

The Warriors were keeping their defense up at all times and were contesting every shot that the Celtics took. This led to a lot of wasted possessions. Their ball movement looked pale compared to the Warriors and hence they were behind by 10 points.

In the 2nd quarter, the Celtics looked much better as they were now making their shots. Their ball movement still needed work but it was enough to get by the Warriors’ defense. The Warriors were missing their 3-pointers but they were still consistently making their shots which the Celtics were unable to contain. As a result the Warriors took the lead in the 1st half with a score of 51-39.

Once the 2nd half commenced, Tatum, Smart and Brown were propelling the Celtics offense, taking 3s and drawing fouls. It seemed like the Warriors’ defense relaxed a bit and the Celtics made them pay. They cut the lead to just 1 point differential.

The Celtics would have taken the lead if not for Thompson’s offense. He scored most of the points for the Warriors and helped them keep the lead. While the Celtics were turning the ball over, the Warriors were missing majority of their shots due to their dependency on the 3-point line.

In the final quarter, what looked like a game that could go to overtime was then turned completely around to Warriors’ favour thanks to Andrew Wiggins. He turned back the clock back to when he was a slashed for the Timberwolves. He scored most of the closing points for the Warriors and gave them a reliable 10 point lead.

The Celtics tried to contain Wiggins but were unable to. They started to rush their shots on the offensive end which did not help their case at all. The Warriors successfully contained the lead to their favor and the Celtics succumbed to the Warriors with the final whistle.

Box Score

Andrew Wiggins led the Golden State Warriors on offense with a double-double of 26 points, 13 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and a block. Klay Thompson followed him up with 21 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals. Stephen Curry had a poor shooting night as he went for 16 points, 3 rebounds, 8 assists and a steal. Gary Payton Jr went for 15 points, 5 rebounds and 3 steals, coming off the bench.

Jayson Tatum led the Boston Celtics on offense with a double-double of 27 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Marcus Smart followed him up with 20 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists. Jaylen Brown had a horrible shooting night as he put up only 18 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and a steal.

Takeaways from Game 5

The Golden State Warriors have claimed Game 5 of the Finals with a scoreline of 104-94. They now have taken their first lead of the series, 3-2 and are just a game away from being champions. For the Celtics, they are now in a must win situation in Game 6. The pressure is on them. Well they were in similar situations in the Playoffs and they have come back so far. But the Warriors are a different beast and they need to come up with their best strategy if they want to win the championship.

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