Inside The Box Score: 2019 NBA Finals, Game 5
By Brian Martin
The Warriors staved off elimination on Monday with a 106-105 win over the Raptors in Toronto to send the NBA Finals back to Oakland for Game 6 on Thursday night. While the Warriors got a season-saving win, they also took a crushing loss as Kevin Durant suffered an Achilles injury after playing just 12 minutes in his first game in over a month.
Let’s take a closer look at Golden State's Game 5 win with a deep dive into the box score.
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- Kevin Durant scored 11 points on 3-5 FG (3-3 3P) in 12 minutes before being lost to an Achilles injury with 9:50 remaining in the second quarter. The Warriors outscored the Raptors by six points in the 12 minutes Durant was on the court in the first 14:10 of the game. They were outscored by five points the rest of the way as they held on for the one-point win.
- Stephen Curry (31) and Klay Thompson (26) combined for 57 points in Game 5, their third highest total in an NBA Finals game. Together they shot 19-44 (43.2%) from the field and 12-27 (44.4%) from beyond the arc. The duo combined to score half of Golden State's 38 field goals and 60 percent of their 3-pointers.
- This was the fourth time in the NBA Finals that Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson each made at least five 3-pointers in the same game. No other duo has more than one such game in NBA history.
- DeMarcus Cousins came off the bench after Durant's injury and gave the Warriors a boost with 14 points on 6-8 FG and six rebounds in 20 minutes.
- Game 5 was Stephen Curry's 40th 30-point game in his playoff career, with 10 of those coming in the Finals. He is second to LeBron James (20) among active players with 30-point games in the Finals.
- The Warriors made 20 3-pointers in Game 5, making it the most in franchise history in a Finals game, and tied for the third most in any playoff game in team history.
- The 20 3-pointers made by Golden State set an NBA Finals record for the most threes ever made in a road game. They are also the second-most 3-pointers made in any Finals game.
Most three-point field goals made, game
24: Cleveland vs. Golden State, June 9, 2017
20: Golden State vs. Toronto, June 10, 2019
18: Golden State vs. Cleveland, June 4, 2017
- Golden State made 12 more 3-pointers than Toronto in Game 5 and nearly doubled the Raptors in 3-point percentage - 20-42 (47.6%) for the Warriors vs. 8-32 (25.0%) for the Raptors.
- Kawhi Leonard finished with 26 points, 12 rebounds, six assists, two steals and two blocks in the Raptors loss. Over the past 35 seasons, there have been 19 games in which a player has put together those totals or greater in a playoff game. This was one of only two losses in those 19 games, with the other being Russell Westbrook in Game 5 vs. Portland this season.
- The Raptors entered Game 5 having won 13 of the 16 quarters played in the first four games of the series. In Game 5, both teams won a quarter (GSW +6 in 1st quarter; TOR +5 in 4th quarter) and tied the second and third quarters.
- Andre Iguodala recorded a playoff career high four blocks in Game 5; he had three in two games earlier this postseason and other back in 2015. The four blocks matched his overall career high (regular season and playoffs) as he had three previous regular season games with four blocks, the last one being in 2011 with Philadelphia.
- The Raptors entered Monday's Game 5 a perfect 5-0 in the postseason when Marc Gasol scored at least 15 points; he finished with 17 points in Game 5, marking their first loss when he reaches that threshold.
- After there had been zero fourth quarter lead changes in the first four games of the series, there were two in Game 5 with both teams going on runs down the stretch to try to take control of the game.
- With the Warriors up 95-91 with 6:34 to play, the Raptors went on a 12-2 run (with Kawhi Leonard scoring 10 of the 12 points) to lead 103-97 with 3:28 to play.
- Following a timeout with 3:05 to play, the Warriors closed the game on a 9-2 run with all nine points coming on 3s from Klay Thompson (2) and Stephen Curry. During that stretch, the Warriors shot 3-3 (all 3s) while Toronto shot 1-6 (0-3 3P).
- Since their Finals run began in 2015, the Warriors are now 6-1 when facing elimination, with their only loss coming in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals.
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- The Warriors posted a 58.5 effective field goal percentage in Game 5 - their highest mark of this series and fifth-highest mark of this postseason. During the playoffs, the Warriors are now 5-1 when they post an eFG% over 58 percent. They went 31-2 during the regular season with an eFG% over 58 percent, for a combined 36-3 (0.923) record when shooting as well as they did on Monday.
- The Raptors finished with an effective field goal percentage of 49.4 percent, their third-lowest mark of the series. They are 1-2 in the Finals and 4-7 in the postseason when they finish with an eFG% below 50 percent.
- Durant's presence on the floor opened up the Golden State offense as they posted a 154.5 offensive rating in the 12 minutes that Durant was on the court.
- Quinn Cook gave the Warriors 12 good minutes off the bench. His 118.2 offensive rating was second to Durant's ridiculous mark and his 91.7 defensive rating was the best of any Warrior that played at least 10 minutes.
- The Warriors posted a 71.1 assist percentage in Game 5 as they finished with 27 assists on 38 made baskets. The Warriors also finished with a 1.69 assist/turnover ratio as they had 27 assists and 16 turnovers in the game. This postseason, the Warriors are 11-4 when posting an assist/turnover ratio of 1.69 or better.
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- While the Warriors turned the ball over more frequently than the Raptors (16 to 13), it was the Warriors that did a better job of taking advantage of those miscues. Golden State scored 20 points off 13 Raptors turnovers (1.54 points per turnover), while Toronto scored 13 points off 16 Warriors turnovers (0.813 points per turnover).
- As the Warriors did much of their damage from beyond the arc (20 of their 38 FGM were from three), the Raptors finshed with a 54-32 edge in points in the paint. DeMarcus Cousins was the only Warriors to score in double figures in the paint, compared to four Raptors (14 for Lowry, 12 for Leonard and 10 apiece for Ibaka and Siakam).
- Similar to the points off turnovers, the Warriors made the most of their second chance opportunities compare to the Raptors in Game 5. Golden State scored 19 second chance points while grabbing just six offensive rebounds. Toronto scored 16 second chance points on 13 offensive rebounds.
- The Raptors pushed the pace whenever possible and finished with a 13-3 edge in fast break points, with Kawhi Leonard (six fast break points) doubling the Warriors output by himself.
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- Kawhi Leonard led all players with seven clutch points in Game 5, shooting 3-4 from the field and 1-2 from three down the stretch.
- Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry combined for six clutch points on 2-3 shooting (all from three) - with both players making one 3-pointer.
- The Warriors assisted on 71.1 percent of their baskets, while the Raptors split their 38 field goals made evenly between assisted and unassisted baskets (19 apiece).
- Klay Thompson (80.8%) and Kevin Durant (81.8%) scored over 80 percent of their points from beyond the arc. Thompson shot 7-13 from three, 2-8 from two and 1-2 from the free throw line. Durant shot a perfect 3-3 from three, 0-2 from two and made both his free throws.
- Stephen Curry had a more balanced scoring night as he shot 5-13 from three, 5-9 from two and made all six of his free throws.
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- Stephen Curry led the Warriors in usage rate at 32.5 percent and scored 35.2 percent of Golden State's points while he was on the court.
- Serge Ibaka led the Raptors in usage at 34.9 percent and scored 46.9 percent of Toronto's points in his 17 minutes on the court. Among Raptors that played at least 20 minutes, Kawhi Leonard led with 32.9 percent usage and 28.3 percent of points scored in his 41 minutes on the court.
- DeMarcus Cousins scored a team-high 35.9 percent of Golden State's points in his 20 minutes on the court.
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- The Raptors (27) shot nearly twice as many free throws as the Warriors (14) in Game 5. Their 0.318 free throw rate was the second-highest mark of the Finals behind Game 1 and sixth-highest mark of the postseason. The Raptors are now 6-2 in the playoffs with a free throw rate over 0.300.
- Golden State's 0.171 free throw rate was their lowest of the postseason, but free throw attempts is not nearly the winning indicator for the Warriors as it is for the Raptors. Golden State is 7-0 this postseason with a free throw rate below 0.225, and they are just 3-4 with a free throw rate over 0.300.
- Every Warrior that played in Game 5 finished with an effective field goal percentage of 50 percent or better. Only three Raptors - Norman Powell, Kyle Lowry and Marc Gasol - finished above 50 percent in Game 5.
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- The Warriors finished with nine screen assists that produced 25 points, with Draymond Green accounting for more than half of them (five screen assists for 13 points). Marc Gasol was the only Raptors to record a screen assist as he had two for six points.
- Kawhi Leonard led all players with six deflections and also finished with a game-high two steals on Monday.
- Draymond Green and Marc Gasol led their teams with eight box outs apiece. The Warriors finished with 24 box outs to the Raptors 17, but Toronto won the battle of the boards, 43-37.