Boston Celtics have an all-time comeback performance to steal Game 1 from the Golden State Warriors

Nickeem Khan
FiredUp Network Sports Writer

@nickeemkhan

Thursday, June 2, 2022


The first game of the 2022 NBA Finals didn't disappoint as the Boston Celtics take Game 1 with a 120-105 win over the Golden State Warriors. With the cards dealt against them, Boston not only stormed back to win this game, but they also did it in an emphatic fashion.

From the beginning of the game, it seemed that the Celtics would have their hands full with Steph Curry, which proved to be true. The former unanimous MVP finished with 21 of his 34 points in just the opening period. However, despite Golden State getting countless wide-open opportunities, they only led 32-28 after one.

Boston was being carried by players who weren't expected to be the main focal point of their offense. Derrick White and Al Horford were huge in the second quarter and especially the final period.

The stars for Boston weren't stellar as they were for the majority of the Miami series. Jayson Tatum struggled shooting just 17 percent from the field with 12 points. For the first three quarters, Jaylen Brown was also not the same player, but all that would change in the fourth quarter.

Brown finished the game with 24 points and really set the tone for the rest of the Celtics team for the final 12 minutes. Derrick White was hitting clutch three after clutch three on his route to 21 points off the bench. Al Horford was actually the leading scorer for Boston with 26 points on 6-8 shooting from beyond the arc.

The Celtics were a completely different team in the fourth outscoring Golden state 40-16. They entered that quarter down 12 and ended up winning by 15. Simply an all-time performance for a team with no players with Finals experience. 

Across the board, most of the stats are the same or relatively close. Both teams finished with 39 rebounds. The Warriors committed 14 turnovers compared to 12 from the Celtics. It was just a matter of making shots, which Boston did in an abundance in the fourth quarter, while Golden State was unable to make a field goal for nearly five whole minutes.

The Boston Celtics steal homecourt advantage and go up 1-0. Game 2 will be on Sunday at 8 PM ET.