SAN FRAN— The Celtics fought back from a double digit deficit in the second half to beat the at home Golden State Warriors 120-108 in game 1 of the NBA Finals. Boston is now up 1-0 on the series, three more wins from a NBA title.
The Celtics outscored the Warriors 40-16 in the fourth quarter. Boston was hitting 3-pointers left and right to finish the game—multiple players were hitting. C’s hit seven 3’s to take the lead thanks to Derrick White, Al Horford, and Jaylen Brown.
Steph Curry came out the game hot—he dropped 21 points in the first quarter. Coach Ime Udoka called a timeout and the C’s got back on track. As far as the rest of the crew, Andrew Wiggins was the only one who consistently gave points, finishing with 20 points. Curry finished with 34 points, but he was practically idle for the remainder of the game.
Despite the win, Jayson Tatum had a rough night finishing with only 12 points and 13 assists. He struggled behind the arc, shooting 1-5 from deep and 3-17 from the field. But the rest of the team picked up the slack.
In the second half, Jaylen Brown came alive—he finished with 24 points. But the leading scorer Al Horford, dropped 26 points hitting six 3-pointers. Another guy who absolutely got hot was White who came off the bench scoring 21 points on five 3-pointers. Marcus Smart also dropped 18 points despite being on the bench for most of the fourth quarter.
Although the C’s won—there were still points in the game where they struggled and need to fix as the series continues. For instance, Kevon Looney grabbed six offensive rebounds. Klay Thomspon finished with only 15 points but had some pretty good looks. While in transition the Warriors were able to get wide open looks from deep, part is because so much focus was on Curry.
Golden State will try to tie up this series Sunday at home. As for the Celtics, they’ll try to go up two games before going back home for game 3 and 4.