Warriors one win from 7th NBA title

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Exhibiting a determined confidence and grit all game, Andrew Wiggins single-handedly took the pressure off Stephen Curry and delivered the best game yet of his eight-year NBA career.

Now, the first-time All-Star is on the cusp of becoming a first-time NBA champion - and helping Curry capture yet another title.

"It's something I dreamt about for sure, being in the league, and this is the ultimate stage," Wiggins said. "It doesn't get bigger than this."

Wiggins had 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 NBA Finals lead.

"Coming into this year, he was an All-Star starter for a reason," 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."

One game after his 43-point performance, Curry contributed 16 points and eight assists but was 0 for 9 from 3-point range.

The career 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.

"He's going to be livid going into Game 6. That's exactly what we need," Green said.

The Warriors can win their fourth title in eight years when the series resumes in Boston on Thursday night (Friday AEST).

If the Celtics can win at home, the series 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.

Jayson Tatum had 27 points and 10 rebounds for the Celtics, who lost consecutive games for the first time in the postseason.

Tatum gave Boston its first 3-pointer on the night 4:34 before halftime and Boston wound up 11 of 32 from deep overall. The Celtics were sloppy in stretches, committing 18 turnovers.

"When we're at our best, it's simple ball movement. I think the third quarter showed that. The drive and kick was beautiful, was working, getting guys wide-open shots," coach Ime Udoka said.

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