Warriors Win The High-Stakes Games By Any Means Necessary

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Warriors prevailed in Game 5, 104-94 and now stand one win away from capturing their fourth title in eight years.

The 2022 NBA Finals have been a defensive affair.  In Game 5, both teams executed their defensive game plans proficiently, if not perfectly. Golden State Warriors sold out and relied on its superb help defense, while the Celtics tried to turn Golden States’ shooters into drivers, offering contested shots from long distances when Golden State settled for them.

Having blown a fourth-quarter lead in Game 4 and a chance to claim a 3-1 series lead, the Celtics coughed up possession 18 times — the margin for error in a Game 5 in which both teams struggled to maintain consistent offense. The loss also wasted something the Celtics faithful have been pining for from their superstar — a Jayson Tatum game.

Wiggins Steps Up For The Warriors

For the Warriors, the maturation of Andrew Wiggins was one of the few offensive bright spots on a night when Curry missed 15 of his 22 attempts from the field, including a painful 0-for-9 night from behind the 3-point line. Wiggins continues to be a revelation for Golden State. For all of the appealing offensive style, they feature limited individual shot creation off the dribble, particularly since the departure of Kevin Durant after the 2018-19 season.

While it’s unreasonable to expect Wiggins to fill the vacuum left by Durant, it’s thrilling for the Warriors to watch him attack the paint and crash the boards. Wiggins finished with 26 points on 12-for-23 shooting from the field and zero turnovers. He also played big for the Warriors, securing a game-high 13 rebounds.

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