There were a lot of great Game 5 contests last night. Trae Young shocked the Boston Celtics by hitting them up for 38 point, 13 assists, and a ridiculous game winner to force Game 6 in Atlanta. The Denver Nuggets took care of business at home and vanquished those fraudulent Minnesota Timberwolves 112-109. And the Phoenix Suns picked apart the carcass of the injury-depleted Los Angeles Clippers to finish the series in five games.
Now the defending, reigning, heavyweight champions of the basketball world head to Sacramento to face the #3 seeded Kings with the series knotted at 2-2. The Golden State Warriors traditionally perform excellently in Game 5’s, boasting a 14-4 record in the Coach Steve Kerr era.
Who can forget when a babyfaced Stephen Curry incinerated current Kings’ guard Matthew Dellavedova in Game 5 of the 2015 Finals in front of a rocking Oakland crowd?
Here’s some of my other favorite Game 5 wins during the Golden Empire’s reign:
Putting Boston on the Brink
The Dubs won three straight games to vanquish the Celtics in the 2023 Finals, with Game 5 at home being extremely pivotal to taking momentum away from the dangerous Eastern Conference champions. GSW’s 104-94 victory in that season’s last contest at Chase Center gave the Dubs a 3-2 lead that they would not relinquish. Andrew Wiggins poured in 26 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Dubs that night.
Surviving in Toronto
The Warriors were facing a 3-1 deficit to a gritty Toronto Raptors team. Kevin Durant returned to the court after a lengthy calf-related absence to pour in 11 points in 11 minutes before tearing his Achilles. And yet the Dubs found a way to keep their threepeat dreams alive taking 106-105 victory in front of a raucous Toronto crowd.
Vengeance on LeBron’s Cavs
The Dubs avenged themselves of blowing their 3-1 lead to LeBron James’ Cavaliers in 2016 by eliminating them in an exhilarating 129-120 Game 5 victory in Oracle Arena. Bron had 41 points and 13 rebounds, but Cleveland was helpless against Durant’s 39 points, Curry’s 34 points, and Andre Iguodala’s 20 points.
Who ya got in Game 5, Warriors or Kings?
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Kings, De’Aaron Fox will channel the pain of his finger and the roar of the home crowd into the greatest playoff game of all time
Warriors, because they’re a damn dynasty