Connect with us

Featured

2019 NBA Finals Warriors extend series with pulsating 106-105 Game 5 win

Published

on

PhilBoxing

https://philboxing.com/news/story-144902.html

TORONTO — With their championship at stake and with Kevin Durant exiting early with an Achilles injury, the Splash Brothers rescued the Golden State Warriors from elimination by nailing back-to-back-to-back threes en route to a 106-105 win in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday night (Tuesday morning RP time) at the Scotiabank Arena.

With the Warriors down 103-97 with 3:08 left in the fourth quarter, Steph Curry and Klay Thompson orchestrated a 9-2 finishing kick to turn the tables on the Toronto Raptors, who were on the verge of winning their first-ever NBA title.

Curry finished with 31 points while Thompson ended up with 26 points as the All-Star duo combined for 12-of-27 from 3-point range. DeMarcus Cousins added 14 points in relief play while Draymond Green bounced back from a sub-par Game 4 performance and logged 10 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists.

Prior to being injured at the 9:50 mark of the second quarter, Durant was putting together a magnificent performance with 11 points in 12 minutes while hitting all three of his 3-point attempts.

\”We made a lot of different statements over the course of these five years. Win or lose, I don\’t feel like we need to prove anything anymore. It\’s just about can we got the job or not,\” Curry told reporters after Golden State trimmed the series deficit to 3-2 with a chance to even things up with Game 6 at the Oracle Arena on Friday morning (Philippines time).

After a slow start, Kawhi Leonard emerged as the Raptors\’ leading scorer with 26 points on 9-of-24 shooting. He also had 12 rebounds, six assists, two steals and two blocks in 41 minutes.

The Raptors fell behind 77-63 with 5:46 left in the third period before closing in at 84-78 entering the final stanza. Leonard\’s personal 10-0 run late shoved Toronto ahead, 103-97, with 3:03 to go, but the couldn\’t put away the resilient two-time defending champions.

Kyle Lowry had a strong effort for Toronto with 18 points and six dimes, but his potential championship winning corner 3 was partially blocked by Green as time expired. Marc Gasol had 17 points and eight rebounds for the Raptors while Serge Ibaka chipped in 15 off the bench.

Asked how his team would react after such deflating loss, Raptors head coach Nick Nurse said \”We don\’t really have much choice, and I think that our team has reacted all year long great to bad losses, and I would say it takes a lot to beat this time, and that took a lot of blows and a heck of a lot of balls bouncing the wrong way in the last couple of minutes for us to come out on the wrong side tonight.\”

FASTBREAK. The Warriors converted 20 triples in Game 5, the second-highest total in an NBA Finals game. The record is 24 set by the Cleveland Cavaliers against the Warriors on June 9, 2017.

With their championship at stake, the Warriors shot 46.3 percent from the field (38 of 82) and 20 of 42 from three-land. Golden State also sank 10 of 14 free throws.

The Raptors, meanwhile, swished just 38 of 85 shots (44.7 percent) and 8-of-32 triples (25 percent).

After picking up another technical foul in Game 5, Draymond Green\’s total is now six, one more away from being suspended for a game.

Continue Reading
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Featured

LeBron James drops triple-double in MSG, passes Steve Nash in all-time assists leaders

Published

on

LeBron James drops triple-double in MSG, passes Steve Nash in all-time assists leaders

LeBron James made history once again, and this time he got all the reasons to celebrate as his Los Angeles Lakers got an overtime road win against the New York Knicks, 129-123.

The 38-year old superstar moved up fourth all-time in the assists department, surpassing the great Steve Nash, while dropping a triple-double as well.

James finished with 28 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists with a +22 efficiency.

Along with it, he also inched closer to become the all-time scoring leader as he is now less than a hundred points away from breaking the 39-year record of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Supporting LeBron in the dub was Anthony Davis with 27 points, nine rebounds, and two steals.

Rui Hachimura made his presence felt in his second game in Lakers uniform with 19 markers, and nine boards.

Russell Westbrook continued to shine off the bench with 17-6-8 and three steals.

For the Knicks, Jalen Brunson had a night scoring a game-high 37 points, Julius Randle added 23 but it wasn’t enough to take down the purple and gold in overtime.

Next stop for the Lakers is at Indiana while the Knicks remain at home to welcome Miami.

Continue Reading

Featured

Celtics wins in OT after controversial regulation ending vs. Lakers

Published

on

Celtics wins in OT after controversial regulation ending vs. Lakers

The Boston Celtics had the last laugh against the Los Angeles Lakers after a 125-121 overtime win in the NBA’s rival week.

Jaylen Brown went take over mode in the extra period before finishing with 37 points, nine rebounds and three assists.

Jayson Tatum supported with a double-double of 30-piece, 11 boards along with four assists plus the no-call on his foul on LeBron James potential game-winning layup at the end of regulation.

With four seconds left, game tied at 105, James got the inbound pass and went straight to the basket where he was challenged by Boston’s defense and Tatum clearly hit him in the forearm.

James was furious with the no-call and was on his knees full of frustrations.

Patrick Beverly, who made an insane putback slam in the clutch, brought out a DSLR camera to show the referee the obvious foul and got T’d up for it.

With the emotions running high, Boston took advantage and sealed the win.

James delivered another 41-point performance but it was not enough to carry the Lakers to a win.

Continue Reading

Featured

NBA All-Star 2023 starters revealed

Published

on

NBA All-Star 2023 starters revealed

The 10 players from the Eastern and Western Division that will start the 2023 NBA All-Star has been named.

As expected, LeBron James will spearhead another game as he dominated in the voting.

Joining him in the west are Stephen Curry, Luka Doncic, Nikola Jokic and Zion Williamson.

Out East, Giannis Antetokounmpo topped Kevin Durant for being the captain. Jayson Tatum, Kyrie Irving and Donovan Mitchell completed the five.

James and Antetokounmpo will do the honor of drafting hours before the actual ASG.

The festivities in Utah will mark James’ 19th All-Star appearances in his 20-year career. 

Curry will made his ninth All-Star, fourth for Luka Magic, fifth for the reigning back-to-back MVP Nikola Jokic and second All-Star for Williamson.

The Greek Freak will see his seventh ASG, Durant with his 13th, Kyrie with his eighth, and Tatum and Mitchell both their fourth appearances.

Continue Reading

Trending