NBA Basketball

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Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Golden State 27 27 22 27 103
Boston 22 17 27 24 90
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6:00 PM PT7:00 PM MT8:00 PM CT9:00 PM ET1:00 GMT9:00 6:00 PM MST8:00 PM EST5:00 UAE (+1)02:0021:00 ET7:00 PM CT0:00 , June 16, 2022
TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts  Attendance: 19,156

Warriors zero in on another title in Game 6 vs. Celtics

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Golden State Warriors at Boston Celtics

  1. Golden State took a 3-2 series lead over Boston with a 104-94 win in Game 5. When trailing 3-2 in the Finals, teams have lost Game 6 and the series in 12 of the previous 16 instances dating back to 1996.
  2. The Celtics have lost three of its last four NBA Finals games when facing elimination, last winning against the Lakers in Game 5 of the 1987 NBA Finals. Meanwhile, the Warriors have won two straight series-clinching Finals games (2017 and 2018).
  3. In Game 5, the Warriors shot 9-of-40 (22.5 percent) from three-point range. Golden State is the first team in NBA Finals history to win a Finals game while making fewer than 10 threes and attempting more than 30 threes. Prior to Game 5, teams were 0-10 in such games.
  4. With 26 points and 13 rebounds, Andrew Wiggins registered consecutive double-doubles for the first time in the playoffs and just the second time in his NBA career overall. He's also just the third Warrior to score 25+ points in a playoff game without making a single three-pointer in the last 30 seasons (Kevin Durant in 2017 and Billy Owens in 1994).
  5. Boston is now 0-5 this postseason when recording 18 or more turnovers, which is the most such games without a win in a single postseason over the last 30 years.
  6. The Celtics lost back-to-back games for the first time this postseason and the first time since March 30. Boston has not lost two straight home games since January 21 and has not lost three straight games overall since December 29, 2021.
  7. Jayson Tatum recorded 27 points, 10 rebounds and four turnovers in Game 5. Tatum now holds the NBA record for most turnovers in a single postseason (95) since turnovers were first tracked in 1977-78.
  8. Stephen Curry recorded 16 points and eight assists but did not make a three-pointer on Monday, snapping his NBA-record 231 straight games (regular and postseason) with at least one made three-pointer. His previous game without a made three-pointer dates back to November 8, 2018.
  9. Gary Payton II registered 15 points, five rebounds and three steals off the bench in Monday's win. Payton II is the second bench player since 1986 to record such a stat line in an NBA Finals game, joining Manu Ginobili, who did so twice (2007 and 2014).
  10. Klay Thompson knocked down five three-pointers and scored 21 points on Monday. The Warriors hold a postseason record of 26-6 (.813) when Thompson makes five or more threes in his career and are 14-2 (.875) at home in such playoff games throughout his career.
(AP Photo/John Hefti)

The Golden State Warriors enter Game 6 of the NBA Finals in Boston on Thursday with an enhanced edge of determination as a fourth title in eight seasons hangs in the balance.

Most of that edge, while facing the host Celtics, belongs to Warriors star Stephen Curry. The long-range shooting extraordinaire failed to make a 3-point basket in Golden State's 104-94 victory in Game 5 on Monday at home in San Francisco.

The Warriors still moved one victory away from a championship with a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series, despite shooting 9 of 40 (22.5 percent) from distance as a team. Curry went 0 of 9.

"Of course it bothers me as a shooter," Curry said. "You want to impact the game that way. But thankfully that's not the only thing that you do out there on the court."

Instead, the Warriors played high-level defense in Game 5, holding the Celtics to 39 first-half points and 41.3 percent shooting in the game. They shared the ball with 23 assists and had just seven turnovers to 18 for Boston.

Just don't expect that to be the new way forward.

"Obviously, track record says I shoot the ball better the next game," said Curry, whose record streak of 132 consecutive playoff games with a 3-pointer came to an end. "Looking forward to that bounce back."

A determined mindset won't be exclusive to the Warriors, of course. Boston heads home keen on extending the series to a Game 7 back on the West Coast.

A championship would give Boston an 18th banner to hang in the rafters, which would be the most all-time. They are tied with the Los Angeles Lakers at 17 championships apiece, but they have not won one since 2008.

While the Warriors tilt heavily toward Curry, the Celtics lean on Jayson Tatum, who had 27 points and 10 rebounds in the Game 5 defeat.

Behind Tatum's 26.2 points, 6.9 rebounds and 6.1 assists per game average in the playoffs, the Celtics have been on a wild ride. Since a sweep over the Brooklyn Nets in the first round, they haven't won consecutive home games over the next three rounds and are 2-3 at home since the start of the conference finals.

Boston did protect its home court to win Game 7 of the conference semifinals against the Milwaukee Bucks but lost at home with a chance to eliminate the Miami Heat in the conference finals. They advanced by winning Game 7 on the road.

"You know, I've said it before: You better be confident, right?" Tatum said. "We ain't got to win two in one day. We just got to win one game on Thursday. We've been in this situation before. So it's not over. Got to win on Thursday. That's all we got to worry about right now."

The Celtics switched up their coverage on Curry out of Warriors pick-and-rolls, but now they've lost that element of defensive surprise going into Game 6.

While it kept Curry in check, Golden State's Andrew Wiggins had a team-high 26 points to go with 13 rebounds. Klay Thompson had 21 points for the Warriors and was 5 of 11 from 3-point range.

"Yeah, better job on him; a little more physical there," Celtics head coach Ime Udoka said of the defense on Curry. "Overall, it's a solid job on him, but again, I don't know if it was our defense as much as offensive struggles that hurt us (in Game 5)."

--Field Level Media

Updated June 16, 2022

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