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Andrew Wiggins propels Warriors to Game 5 win, 3-2 series lead over Celtics – Press Telegram

By JANIE McCAULEY AP Sports Writer

SAN FRANCISCO – Andrew Wiggins has played the biggest game to date in his eight-year career with 26 points and 13 rebounds, Klay Thompson scored 21 points and the Golden State Warriors beat the Boston Celtics 104-94 Monday night by 3- 2. Lead the NBA Finals.

Steph Curry contributed 16 points and eight assists, but was 0 of 9 from the 3-point range. The NBA record-breaking 3-point lead of his career in 132 consecutive postseason games with at least one triple ended, along with his best NBA streak of 233 consecutive games with a triple between the regular season and the combined playoffs.

Showing all the confidence and courage he had shown throughout the night, Wiggins crossed the line for an emphatic one-handed blow with 2:10 left to finish his brilliant performance on both sides.

The Warriors could win their fourth title in eight years when the series resumes in Boston on Thursday night. If the Celtics can win at home, the series will return to the Bay Area for a game 7 on Sunday. All five games so far have been decided by 10 or more points.

Jayson Tatum had 27 points and 10 rebounds for the Celtics, who lost consecutive games for the first time in the postseason. Marcus Smart was whistled for a technical foul and then an offensive foul within a second of the quarter. He overcame a slow start to score 20 points.

Jordan Poole knocked down a 33-foot triple from the left side to beat the third-quarter buzzer as the Warriors took a 75-74 lead in the final 12 minutes after the Celtics overtook the third.

The Celtics found their own magic in the third quarter that long defined Golden State’s success in the second half. Boston lost 51-39 at halftime before coming back with a 35-point explosion in the third.

Al Horford hit a triple with 6:28 ahead in the period that made it 58-55 when the Celtics finally found their shooting pace from the bottom. Grant Williams ’three-point play at 3:55 gave Boston a 66-61 lead.

That was Boston’s eighth straight triple after missing the starting 12.

Jaylen Brown was 2 of 11 to start the game and finished with 18 points on 5 of 18 shots and missed all five 3-point attempts.

Tatum gave Boston his first triple in the night 4:34 before the break and the Celtics were 11 of 32 from the bottom of the overall.

Golden State scored 9 of 40 beyond the arc: Wiggins was 0 of 6.

Draymond Green had eight points, eight rebounds and seven assists before committing a 3:01 foul.

KLAY DAY

Thompson shot 7 of 14 with five triples in another brilliant playoff moment.

Monday marked exactly three years since Thompson tore his left knee ACL and underwent surgery before breaking his right Achilles tendon while recovering from his first injury, forcing him to lose more than 2 1/2 years.

Thompson was injured in the decisive game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals when Toronto won the first franchise championship by playing on the Warriors’ previous floor at the Oracle Arena.

Upon entering Game 5, 35.8% of Thompson’s shots were the lowest for all NBA Finals he has played, and he is making only 34.2% from the bottom, compared to 58.5% of 3 points at the end of 2019.

FOURTH CENTURY MARK

On a journey through memory, Steve Kerr coached the Warriors on the 25th anniversary of their winning shot in Game 6 of the 1997 NBA Finals while the Bulls defeated the Jazz to win the fifth Chicago championship.

He thought of that special moment before the game.

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