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If you only looked at the box score of the Warriors' Game 5 win over the Rockets in their second-round NBA playoff series, you wouldn't necessarily say to yourself: "Oh wow, Kevon Looney had a huge game."
But if you watched the game, you probably yelled: "Looney was unbelievable and there's no way the Warriors would have won without him."
In 22 minutes and 22 seconds of action, the 23-year old registered five points, nine rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block.
"Kevon was the unsung hero tonight," Golden State head coach Steve Kerr told reporters after the game. "He was tremendous out there. He made some huge plays for us."
Yes he did. And we need to highlight them, specifically five from the fourth quarter.
First, he saved the Warriors two points:
“Kevon Looney huge play in the 4th quarter No. 1” = he blows up a lob to Capela, forces the tie-up and then wins the jump ball pic.twitter.com/9rF0tA6Uuu— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) May 9, 2019
Second, he prevented James Harden from getting an offensive rebound:
“Kevon Looney made a huge play in the 4th quarter No. 2” = after he makes two clutch free throws, he forces Harden to pass to Capela and then comes away with the big rebound (DeMarcus Cousins was PUMPED) pic.twitter.com/xfjW6wr5jG— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) May 9, 2019
Third, he outworked Harden, which led to the biggest shot of the game:
“Kevon Looney made a huge play in the 4th quarter No. 3” = he gets the biggest offensive rebound of the game, leading to Klay Thompson’s 3-pointer to give the Warriors an 8-point lead pic.twitter.com/FqTLaF7Z5H— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) May 9, 2019
Fourth, he saved the Warriors two points again:
“Kevon Looney made a huge play in the 4th quarter No. 4” = he helps from the weakside and saves two points by blocking Chris Paul’s layup pic.twitter.com/8LSqnFwogb— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) May 9, 2019
And fifth, he saved the day:
“Kevon Looney made a huge play in the 4th quarter No. 5” = he helps the Warriors avoid disaster by securing the loose ball before it went out of bounds and gets the assist on Klay’s game-sealing layup pic.twitter.com/n8zmBjtMXj— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) May 9, 2019
"He's a really, really smart basketball player," Kerr added. "He just understands the game innately ... he's in the right place at the right time."