Andrew Wiggins, Warriors rally past Celtics to take 3-2 series lead

Andrew Wiggins was impressive on both ends and handed the Golden State Warriors the victory over the Boston Celtics in Game 5 (94-104).

The All-Star forward went for 26 points in the contest, on 12/23 shooting. Four more players scored in double figures for the winners, with Klay Thompson having 21 (5/11 from beyond the arc). Stephen Curry added 16, but went 0/9 from the three-point line.

On the other hand, Jayson Tatum led all scorers with 27 points, on 10/20 shooting and 5/9 from beyond the arc. Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown posted 20 and 18 points, respectively.

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The Warriors were in control in the first half and led by as many as 16. However, the Celtics came back in the third and used a 19-4 run to tie the game (55-55).

Boston outscored Golden State 24-35 in the third and was down by just one (74-75). Yet, Golden State took over in the fourth and outscored the visitors 20-29 to cruise to the victory.

The Warriors now lead the NBA Finals 3-2 and travel to Boston for Game 6 to close out the series and win the NBA championship.

For their part, the Celtics will play an elimination game for a third time in the 2022 playoffs. They aim to protect TD Garden and bring the series back to Chase Center for a Game 7.

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