The home team’s counterattack led to a long series in the semifinals of both NBA conferences.
The defending champion Golden State Warriors, driven to the brink with 1 win and 3 losses, took a breather after beating the Los Angeles Lakers 121-106 at the Chase Center in San Francisco on the 11th (Korean time).
The New York Knicks also beat the Miami Heat 112-103 at home Madison Square Garden and revived with 2 wins and 3 losses in the series.
Coach Steve Kerr had been winning 7 wins and 2 losses in an elimination game that had been driven to 3 losses after taking the Warriors’ command tower in 2015. It was a six-game winning streak against Western Conference teams. Only in the NBA Finals, he was driven 토스카지노 to the cliff and suffered two defeats.
The Warriors, who led by double digits until the 3rd quarter of the 4th game, lost in the 4th quarter due to a misfired outside shot, and dominated the game in the 5th game by completely taking control of the bottom of the goal. The Lakers’ game lead was only 45-42 with 8 minutes remaining in the 2nd quarter. After that, the Warriors flowed at a one-sided pace.
The Warriors overcame the Lakers, who had a strong frontcourt, with rebounds of 48-38 and second chance shots of 18-10. His patented 3-point shot made 13 out of 35, remaining at 37.1%. Six players, including five starters and sixth man Jordan Poole, scored double-digit points.
Stephen Curry has 27 points and 8 assists, including 3 3-pointers (11 attempts), the most points across both teams. Small forward Andrew Wiggins scored 25 points, the most in all POs.
The Lakers were unable to return to the court after power forward Anthony Davis suffered a head injury on the arm of Warriors center Kibbon Rooney with about six minutes left in the fourth quarter. AD recorded 23 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists. If they miss Game 6 on their home court, it will be fatal for the Lakers. LeBron James had 25 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and 1 block shot.
The New York Knicks, standing on the brink, laid the foundation for a revival as point guard Jaylen Brunson’s shot exploded. He led the Knicks offense with 38 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. Power forward Julius Randle and shooting guard RJ Barrett also scored 24 points and 26 points, respectively, to break the Heat’s pursuit.
The Heat showed poor shooting, with no one, including five of their starters, scoring more than 20 points. The team’s main gun, Jimmy Butler, scored the most with 19 points while playing 43 minutes.
The two series will move to Los Angeles and Miami on the 3rd for Game 6. The home team still dominates the series with 3 wins and 2 losses.