Stephen Curry pushes Warriors past Kings in critical Game 5 win

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Stephen Curry scored 31 points, Draymond Green had his highest scoring game in over five years, and the Golden State Warriors won the first road game of their series against Sacramento, beating the Kings 123-116 on Wednesday night. a 3-2 lead.

Green had 21 points and seven assists in his first game in Sacramento since he was ejected and later suspended for stepping on the chest of Domantas Sabonis in a Game 2 loss.

Golden State can now look to wrap up the series with a fourth straight win on Friday night at home.

The defending champion Warriors once again withstood a rowdy crowd in Sacramento and showed their on-road mettle so often lacking this season.

Golden State won just 11 games away from home in the regular season, losing its first two games in Sacramento before making key plays in the second half to beat the Kings and extend their record to 28 consecutive playoff series with ten at least one road win.

The Kings trailed 12 early in the fourth quarter on a layup from Curry, but would not leave. They cleared the 11-point deficit over the next five minutes from Monk – who went down briefly with what appeared to be a left knee injury – to make it a one-point game with just over four minutes remaining.

Stephen Curry, who scored 31 points, moves up for a layup during the Warriors' 123-116 Game 5 victory over the Kings.
Stephen Curry, who scored 31 points, moves up for a layup during the Warriors’ 123-116 Game 5 victory over the Kings.
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But the Warriors pulled out late after Monk missed a potential tie 3 with 1:04 left to play.

Andrew Wiggins made a turnaround jumper to make it a five-point game and Curry put it away on a three-point play with 22.1 seconds left to make it 122-114.

Klay Thompson added 25 points, Wiggins had 20, and Kevon Looney tied his career high with 22 rebounds.

Draymond Green, who scored 21 points, makes a shot in the Warriors' Game 5 victory.
Draymond Green, who scored 21 points, makes a shot in the Warriors’ Game 5 victory.
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De’Aaron Fox scored 24 despite a broken index finger on his shooting hand, and Monk and Sabonis each added 21 points for Sacramento.

Fox got the start despite breaking the tip of the index finger on his shooting hand late in Game 4. He played with a splint on the finger and showed no ill effects from the injury, making all three of his attempts from long range in the first quarter to help Sacramento build a 10-point lead.

The Warriors started the second quarter with Thompson making three 3-pointers on a 12-0 run that helped Golden State take a 60-56 lead going into halftime.

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