Warriors

Warriors

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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:

Second, he prevented James Harden from getting an offensive rebound:

 

Third, he outworked Harden, which led to the biggest shot of the game:

Fourth, he saved the Warriors two points again:

And fifth, he saved the day:

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"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."

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