NBA finals Game 5: Boston Celtics v Golden State Warriors – live!

Celtics 74-79 Warriors, 10:24, fourth quarter

White fouls Poole, putting him on the line. He makes both free throws.

Celtics 74-77 Warriors, 10:51, fourth quarter

Both sides should be okay with that third quarter. It’s all about who wins this one. Tatum’s attempt to score first doesn’t go in, while Wiggins’s does.

Yeah going to have to share that one:

Celtics 74-75 Warriors, end of the third quarter

Poole banks in a 33-foot jumper at the buzzer to give Golden State a one-point lead after three quarters! What an amazing quarter of basketball. This is going to be a fun fourth!

Celtics 74-72 Warriors, 41.8, third quarter

Jordan Poole hits a three! Could we be headed for a wild finish?

Payton says maybe: he hits a shot to give Golden State the lead for a few seconds, until Brown responds with a layup, drawn foul and a free throw.

Celtics 71-67 Warriors, 1:25, third quarter

Smart draws a foul on Thompson. He misses the first free throw and makes the second.

Celtics 70-67 Warriors, 1:54, third quarter

Smart drives to the basket and bounces one off the glass. Thompson hits another three! It’s a one-point game!

Oh, not after that Robert Williams slam.

Celtics 66-64 Warriors, 3:07, third quarter

Klay Thompson with a three. You knew they weren’t going to be quiet on that end for too long.

Celtics 66-61 Warriors, 3:35, third quarter

Grant Williams has himself a sequence: a block, a shot off a Robert Williams rebound, and a drawn-foul. He completes the three-point play with a free throw.

Celtics 63-61 Warriors, 4:09, third quarter

Gary Payton II makes a layup to make it a one-possession game.

Celtics 63-59 Warriors, 5:10, third quarter

Curry hits a floater to cut the Celtics lead to one. Smart can’t score on his first attempt but the C’s get the rebound and he nails a three.

Looney keeps the Warriors in by scoring near the basket but Brown tips in Tatum’s miss! Now the offenses are cooking.

Trends are just that: trends. They are not predictors. That’s the message of this Warriors third quarter.

Celtics 58-55 Warriors, 6:27, third quarter

Wiggins picks up a foul. Smart hits a three-pointer and we start over again.

Never mind, Horford hits another three-pointer for the lead! We said that those would start dropping for Boston eventually after their 0-for-12 start from beyond the arc, but this is a tad ridiculous. Warriors take a timeout and that is probably a good decision on their part.

Celtics 52-55 Warriors, 7:10, third quarter

Smart is called for a foul. Thompson goes to the line for free throws. He makes both.

Celtics 52-53 Warriors, 7:32, third quarter

Tatum with his fourth three-pointer! It’s a one-point game!

Celtics 49-53 Warriors, 8:03, third quarter

Finally, Warriors score in the third, Thompson hits a pull-up jumper.

Celtics 49-51 Warriors, 9:32, third quarter

Offensive foul on Curry. Celtics have a chance to tie but Smart misses a jumper.

It was never going to be that easy. Not in these finals.

Celtics 49-51 Warriors, 10:15, third quarter

Tatum hits another three-pointer and like that it’s a one possession game. A dazed Steve Kerr calls a Warriors timeout.

Celtics 46-51 Warriors, 10:56, third quarter

Tatum with a three-pointer and this is suddenly a five-point game! Brilliant start to the second half for Boston.

Celtics 43-51 Warriors, 11:08, third quarter

Thompson immediately picks up a foul, putting Brown on the line. He hits both free throws. I literally just copy-and-pasted that.

Start of the second half

Celtics 41-51 Warriors, 11:33, third quarter

Thompson immediately picks up a foul, putting Brown on the line. He hits both free throws.

Are the Warriors winning this game with defense or are the Celtics losing it with bad decision making? Yes, the answer is yes.

You know the numbers.

Through four games in the Finals….

3rd Quarter: Golden State +49
4th Quarter: Boston +31

— Sean Grande (@SeanGrandePBP) June 14, 2022

The Celtics are going to have to reverse these third-quarter trends, it feels like, if they want to avoid losing back-to-back games for the first time this postseason.

Andrew Wiggins

Andrew Wiggins was this close to being dismissed as yet another draft bust. All that he’s done with the Warriors is revive his career. Now, he’s scoring 16 points and collecting seven rebounds in the first half of an NBA Finals Game 4.

Halftime thoughts

The bad news for Boston is that they came out listless and the Warriors have led, mostly comfortably, for the entire first half.

The other bad news for Boston is that the Warriors are the best third quarter team in the NBA.

Celtics 39-51 Warriors, end of the first half

Celtics 39-51 Warriors, end of the first half.

That doesn’t help their cause. Wiggins, the best player in the game so far, makes an easy layup. White gets one of two free throws after being fouled. Curry scores, Smart turns the ball over, Green misses the final shot.

The Celtics play a much better second quarter and somehow the Warriors’ lead is one point higher than it was after the first.

Celtics 38-47 Warriors, 53.5, second quarter

Celtics finally get to the line. Horford makes one of two free throws. Curry scores on the next Golden State side. No separation for Boston?

Well that will help, Tatum with a layup. They just have to keep this in single-digits before the half.

Celtics 35-45 Warriors, 1:56, second quarter

You’ll never believe this, but Curry has made both of his free throws.

So much for taking advantage of free throws. It’s been all Golden State on that end.

Celtics 35-43 Warriors, 2:18, second quarter

Back-to-back baskets from Wiggins. I’d call a timeout if I were Boston… and I’d be wrong. Smart scores with a three-pointer. After Smart fouls Curry for free throws, Boston takes a timeout.

Celtics 32-39 Warriors, 3:51, second quarter

Finally, a Celtics player hits a three! It’s Tatum. Of course, Payton scores a two-pointer right back.

Oh maybe this is a trend: Horford connects and that’s back-to-back threes after laying a goose egg from long distance to start the game.

Celtics 26-37 Warriors, 4:49, second quarter

Curry misses a three-pointer. What is going on here? Instead, Wiggins tries to get one the old fashioned way, hitting a floater, picking up a foul and knocking down a free throw. Warriors lead is 11 again.

Celtics 26-34 Warriors, 5:05, second quarter

Okay, Celtics just six points down. Thompson picks up a foul here, that puts Boston in the bonus. With the long-ball not working, that could be part of their strategy for the rest of this quarter.

Brown, however, picks up his first personal foul. Porter and Tatum both miss threes and Green hits a jumper. Finally, the Warriors score here, courtesy of Green.

Celtics 26-32 Warriors, 6:47, second quarter

Warriors can’t score on their possession. Tatum attempts a three-pointer, and these just aren’t going down for Boston. Payton’s three misses. Something of a brick contest here, so when Williams gets the ball he just lays one down. Celtics whittling down the Warriors lead.

Celtics 24-32 Warriors, 8:36, second quarter

Marcus Smart hits a jumper to cut the lead to single-digits and force the Warriors to take a timeout.

Celtics 24-32 Warriors, 9:57, second quarter

On the line, Green makes both free throws. Marcus Smart makes a floater for Boston.

Finally, a bad turnover for Golden State, this one snatched away by Derrick White. White misses a three-pointer, but a loose ball foul on Poole means they maintain possession. Tatum hits a jumper on this second chance opportunity.

Celtics 18-30 Warriors, 9:57, second quarter

Warriors aren’t playing amazing here, but they’re doing what they need to do while the Celtics continue to struggle. Celtics haven’t hit a single three-pointer in this game so far, which is something they kind of need to do against Golden State.

Draymond Green fouls Robert Williams, who hits two free throws but Jordan Poole hits his first basket of the game on the other end. Green then picks off a terrible Tatum pass, forcing Williams to foul Green on the rim to prevent an easy layup.

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