SAN FRANCISCO — Andrew Wiggins delivered the biggest game yet in his eight-year career with 26 points and 13 rebounds, Klay Thompson scored 21 points, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Boston Celtics 104-94 on Monday night for a 3-2 lead in the NBA Finals.
“Coming into this year, he was an All-Star starter for a reason,” Golden State's Draymond Green said. “The bigger the challenge has been that we’ve thrown in front of him, the bigger he’s responded. You want a guy like that. When the stage gets big, they respond and play their best basketball, and that’s what he’s been doing."
Stephen Curry contributed 16 points and eight assists but the all-time 3-point leader’s NBA-record streak of 132 straight postseason games with at least one 3 ended, along with his NBA-best run of 233 consecutive games with a 3 between regular season and playoffs combined.
Exhibiting confidence and grit all evening, Wiggins drove through the lane for an emphatic one-handed slam with 2:10 left to cap his brilliant performance on both ends.
“Bottom line is he’s just having fun playing basketball,” Curry said.
The best-of-seven series resumes in Boston on Thursday night and if the Celtics can win at home they will return to the Bay Area for a winner-take-all Game 7 on Sunday. All five games so far have been decided by 10 or more points.
Marcus Smart was whistled for a technical foul then an offensive foul in a one-second span early in the fourth. He overcame a slow start to score 20 points, and Jayson Tatum had 27 points and 10 rebounds.
Jordan Poole knocked down a 33-foot 3-pointer from the left wing to beat the third-quarter buzzer, and the Warriors took a 75-74 lead into the final 12 minutes after the Celtics roared back in the third.
Boston trailed 51-39 at the break before charging back with 35-point outburst in the third. Al Horford hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 6:28 left in the period that made it 58-55. Grant Williams’ three-point play at 3:55 gave Boston a 66-61 lead.
That was Boston’s eighth straight made 3 after missing its initial 12.
Jaylen Brown finished with 18 points on 5-of-18 shooting and missed all five of his 3- point tries.
The Celtics made 11 of 32 from deep and the Warriors hit 9 of 40.