Second half surge fuels the Golden State Warriors to Game 2 win over the Boston Celtics

Nickeem Khan
FiredUp Network Sports Writer


Sunday, June 5, 2022

Coming off a disappointing loss, the Golden State Warriors respond with a dominant 107-88 win over the Boston Celtics tying the series at 1-1. Defensively this was a different Warriors team and they were able to really dig deep and take this game over.

However, from just the first half of action, it seemed like it was going to be a close game. Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum had it going early and gave the Celtics a small cushion. That would last not for too long as the Warriors would quickly go on an 18-8 run to take the lead at the end of the first quarter.

The second quarter wasn't much different with the back and forth play from both sides. Jayson Tatum had a huge bounce-back game with 28 points on 8-19 shooting from the field. But during the time he was on the court he had a plus/minus of -36. A stat that described the night for Boston.

The third quarter gave remnants of the fourth quarter of Game 1. This time it was in favour of Golden State. The Warriors outscored Boston, 35-14 with Steph Curry himself scoring 14 of his 29 points in the period. The tenacity of Golden State was suffocating for Boston picking up 15 steals.

Jordan Poole had a resurgence of a game with 17 points but most importantly a momentum-shifting half-court buzzer-beater to take all the life out of the Celtics. Al Horford had 26 points in Game 1, but only had two points in Game 2. Derrick White also wasn't able to emulate the same success as his 21-point performance with just 12 points.

With the series tied at one apiece and shifting to Boston, the advantage is now in the Celtics' favour. Game 3 will be on Wednesday at 9 PM ET on ESPN.