The Boston Celtics came out on top with a 15-point lead at the end of the third quarter, but last time they set a 40-16 snowfall and the Golden State Warriors fell 120-108 on Thursday night in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. It was the first loss for the San Francisco team in these playoffs at home, after nine wins. Al Horford (26 points), Jaylen Brown (24) and Derrick White (21) competed in a trio to win the Splash Brothers with their weapons.
Jayson Tatum, the team’s top scorer this season, made just 3 of 17 from the field with 12 points. But he offered 13 assists to his teammates. Marcus Smart, with 18 points, has done his job in attack and defense. The team saw Stephen Curry break records in the first quarter with 21 points and 6 3s. (see below)but the Warriors star has only 13 points left in the last three seasons.
Jaylen Brown Shouts After Kevon Looney’s Sting – Photo: Thearon W. Henderson / Getty Images
Other brands have been paired or removed. He tied the 24-point lead in the last quarter with the biggest difference in a quarter of NBA Finals history. The 40 baskets combined by the three teams – 21 and 19 for Boston – were the most watched in a decisive series. Boston only scored 9 in the final quarter from 12 attempts. On the other hand, a stunned team and crowd saw their advantage demolished when it mattered most.
Curry had 34 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Andrew Wiggins had 20 points and 5 rebounds. Klay Thompson collaborated with 15 points. In a typical game, Draymond Green had 4 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists and a foul. He finished with 6 at the end. The team loses the home court advantage, but has won at least one of its last 26 away games. Before traveling to Boston, Golden State is trying to tie the finals next Sunday at 9 p.m., again at the Chase Center.
|Golden State Warriors||Boston Celtics|
|Points generated by billing||10||21|
|Offensive / Defensive Bounces||12/27||7/32|
|second chance points||26||15|
Scoreboard – Photo: NBA
First time – Warriors 32-28: Boston offered Stephen Curry freedom in threes, and thanked him. There were 6 baskets from the perimeter (8 tries), a record for a player in the history of the quarterfinals in a quarter. The star scored 21 points, the most in a quarterfinal since 1993 (Michael Jordan). On the other hand, points were split, with Tatum and Smart 6. The Warriors made it 9-3 in the transition play, opting to speed up the game.
Second season – Celtics 28-22: Boston’s defense is back to normal: the NBA elite. Warriors stopped the free kick. The visitors took the ball with great vigor and turned the game around without trusting the top scorers. Only Brown (12) and Smart (10) reached double figures. On the other hand, Curry did not score in the second quarter. Turnover rose (8-6 overall) and Boston took advantage: 7-2 was created by the balance sheets of the first half. Score from 56 to 54 at rest.
Stephen Curry face off against Marcus Smart – Photo: Thearon W. Henderson / Getty Images
Third period – Warriors 38 and 24: Returned to the classic third quarter of the Golden State Dynasty: Time to Overcome Rivals. Wiggins scored 10 points in the half, for a total of 20. Curry scored another 9 for a total of 30. On the other hand, Tatum was still shy. He had 3 out of 14 on the court so far for 12 points. The Warriors hurt one more opponent in offensive rebounds and second-half points, especially at the expense of Kevon Looney. With a small ball or a large court, Golden State had more guns. Score from 92 to 80.
Fourth time – Celtics 40 and 16: A snowstorm in Boston decided the game last time. The team hit 10 of the first 12 attempts on the court, 6 of 6 from the perimeter, to turn the duel around. Then he opened up a 15-point advantage still. The Warriors were limited to 16 points in that stretch, suffocating the opponent’s defense. Surprised, the crowd fell silent with each basket of Celtics. In the first match of the finals of his career, the day before his 36th birthday, Al Horford finished as the top scorer and stood out as the biggest in the duel. The final continues on Sunday.
Game 1 (06/02): Golden State 108 x 120 Boston
Match 2 (06/05): Golden State v Boston at 9 p.m.
Game 3 (06/08): Boston-Golden State, 10 p.m.
Game 4 (10/06): Boston- Golden State at 10 p.m.
Match 5 (6/13): Golden State v Boston at 22:00 (if necessary)
Game 6 (6/16): Boston-Golden State at 22:00 (if necessary)
Match 7 (6/19): Golden State v Boston at 9pm (if necessary)