Celtics take game one of NBA Finals behind balanced attack
FiredUp Network Sports Writer
Friday, June 3, 2022
Boston battles back from two deficits to take game one on the road
The Boston Celtics have struck first in this best-of-seven NBA Finals, as they defeated the Golden State Warriors 120-108 on the road.
The Celtics started the game off with some visible jitters, as Golden State looked completely ready to capitalize on Boston’s lack of Finals experience on their current roster. Steph Curry started out the game on fire, scoring 21 points in the first quarter alone. Despite Curry’s hot start, Boston managed to hang around and cut Golden State’s lead to just four going into the second.
Boston was able to effectively neutralize Golden State’s offence in the second, with Curry sitting for an extended rest, while also taking away easy attempts at the rim and at looks at the free throw line. With their efforts, the Celtics took a 56-54 lead into halftime after facing a 10 point deficit in the first half.
Just when things were looking up for the Celtics, the Warriors exploded into the third quarter, scoring 38 points to give them a 92-80 lead heading into the final quarter of play.
That’s when Boston showed their resolve they’ve shown all season that got them to this point. Starting out the quarter on a 7-0 run to cut the lead to five. With the pressure mounting, Golden State went absolutely cold from the field. Boston then went on a 20-0 run in the final five minutes of the game to shock the Warriors in San Francisco.
It was clear that Golden State had control of the pace of the game, but Boston continued to show the resolve that made them a Finals team. Key shot making by Derrick White, Al Horford, Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown down the stretch proved the difference, as the Celtics outscored the Warriors 40-16 in the fourth.
Horford, Smart, and White shot a combined 15-for-23 from three, and their shot making was crucial given the Warriors were completely comfortable leaving them open all night long.
Curry finished with 34 points in the loss, while Jayson Tatum scored 12 points on 3-for-17 shooting but managed to dish out 13 assists while finishing with a +16 net rating. Horford netted 26 points on the night, with Brown chipping in 24 and White scoring 21.
Up next, the Celtics will look to take a commanding 2-0 series lead against the Warriors in San Francisco on Sunday. Tip-off begins at 8 p.m. EST.