Boston hits first! The Celtics win Game 1 of the NBA Finals with the Golden State Warriors after an explosive comeback in the 4th quarter

Article by Florin Dincă – Posted Friday, 03 June 2022, 08:35 / Updated Friday, 03 June 2022 11:10

The Golden State Warriors lost their first home game of the final, 108-120 to the Boston Celtics, after an irresistible quarter of the guests. Match 2 is also in San Francisco on Monday, June 6, at 3:00, live on Orange Sport 1.

How do we explain to Dan Petrescu that for the most important title in world basketball, he is fighting for 3rd place in the Western Conference and 2nd place in the Eastern Conference? Does anyone know if such a thing is happening in Tanganyka? Somewhere in Cluj, the “Badger” feels a “disturbance in the Force”, according to Obi-Wan Kenobi. But let’s get back to the serious stuff, the Warriors dynasty final and the new generation Celtics.

NBA Finals »Match 1: Golden State Warriors – Boston Celtics 108-120

In case anyone forgot, Golden State wanted to remind you of one thing. This team dominated the league before Kevin Durant and can do without him. Reborn after the return of Klay Thompson, GSW returned to the NBA Finals after two extremely difficult years.

And he has a less familiar opponent in front of him. No more LeBron James, no more Kawhi Leonard, it’s time for young people to confirm. And Boston, led by a brilliant Jayson Tatum, can get its first trophy after 14 years of waiting.

Three years after leaving the Oracle Arena in Oakland, the Golden State Warriors ticked the first game in the final at the Chase Center in San Francisco. A room that cost about $ 1.4 billion! And it has received over 18,000 fans, including huge names like rapper Jay-Z and director Spike Lee.

Curry, explosive in the first quarter

Steph Curry started off like a storm. He unleashed and took advantage of the emotions of the first final of the opponents, who failed to find solutions to block it. Six 3-point baskets and a total of 21 points in the first quarter alone. Curry was on fire and it looked like Golden State wasn’t going to get excited. But Boston managed to stay close. A quality basketball and very little fragmented by fouls.

The defense worked much better in the second quarter, when the Celtics completely annihilated the Golden State star. Curry failed to score. ZERO! Marcus Smart, who wore an ESPN microphone under his shirt during the game, woke up his colleagues after the mistakes in the first quarter:

Stop playing Miami Heat! We can’t sit back, we have to wait for them upstairs and go down with them

There was too much room for Curry, who can’t forgive you from a distance. Problem solved, Boston was back in the game and took a break at the advantage, 56-54!

34 pointsCurry managed, most of the first match of the final

In the third quarter, the experience of Golden State was seen. Much more fit after the break, Steve Kerr’s students had a solid Draymond Green on defense, pressed and managed to break away at 15 points!

The plan to block Jayson Tatum worked. He did not get into the rhythm at all, only 3 successful baskets out of 17 attempts and a total of 12 points. However, he recovered from the defensive phase and took a step back in the attack. He did not try to solve the actions on his own and took advantage of the extra attention his opponents paid him to make his teammates stand out: 13 assists.

41 minutesand 34 seconds out of the 48m total Jayson Tatum was on the field, the longest of all players

Boston, unleashed at the end

Golden State came in 12 points ahead in the final quarter, 92-80, but was unprepared for what followed. Jaylen Brown started the last 12 minutes perfectly with 10 points that brought the Celtics to only two lengths, 92-94. At 101-97 for the Warriors, with 6 and a half minutes left on the clock, Al Horford re-entered the field.

The key moment of the match. Boston went wild. Derrick White threw two 3-point baskets and equalized, 103-103. Then Horford entered the role, with 8 consecutive points, plus an excellent recovery and a decisive pass for another 3 points from Smart. Boston got too much freedom at line 3 in the last quarter and knew how to punish its rival: 9 3-point baskets!

6 3p basketsAl Horford, Boston’s top scorer (26 points)

The strategy that paid off with Memphis and Dallas cost the game to the Warriors, who had no choice but to return, suffocated by the opposing defense. Boston wins the first game of the final, 120-108, after a perfect quarter, 40-16! A perfect start to a more than spectacular final between the best shooters in the NBA and the best defense.

They had 21 3-point baskets. 15 of them successful by Marcus Smart, Derrick White and Al Horford. They are good pitchers, but there were 15 baskets out of 23 throws. Am I right? 15 out of 23 from them … We’ll be OK!

– Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors power forward

21 throwsBoston had 3 points from 41 attempts, compared to 19 out of 45 GSW

Match numbers 1:

Golden State Warriors

  • Steph Curry – 34 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists;
  • Klay Thompson – 15p, 2r, 3pd;
  • Kevon Looney – 4p, 9r, 5pd;
  • Draymond Green – 4p, 11r, 4pd;
  • Andrew Wiggins – 20p, 5r;
  • Jordan Poole – 9p, 2r, 2pd;
  • Otto Porter jr. – 12p, 4r;
  • Andre Iguodala – 7p, 3pd;
  • Nemanja Bjelica – 3p, 1r;
  • Juan Toscano-Anderson – 1pd;

Also starring: Jonathan Kuminga, Damion Lee and Moses Moody.

Boston Celtics

  • Marcus Smart – 18p, 5r, 4pd;
  • Jaylen Brown – 24p, 7r, 5pd;
  • Robert Williams III – 8p, 6r;
  • Al Horford – 26p, 6r, 3pd;
  • Jayson Tatum – 12p, 5r, 13pd;
  • Derrick White – 21p, 1r, 3pd;
  • Grant Williams – 3rd, 3rd;
  • Payton Pritchard – 8p, 6r, 2pd;
  • Daniel Theis – 3p;

Also starring: Malik Fitts, Nik Stauskas, Luke Kornet, Juwan Morgan and Sam Hauser.

Final program:

  • Match 1: Golden State Warriors – Boston Celtics 108-120
  • Match 2: Golden State Warriors – Boston Celtics (June 6, 3:00 AM, Orange Sport 1)
  • Match 3: Boston Celtics – Golden State Warriors (June 9, 4:00 am, Orange Sport 1)
  • Match 4: Boston Celtics – Golden State Warriors (June 11, 4:00 AM, Orange Sport 1)
  • Match 5: Golden State Warriors – Boston Celtics (June 14, 04:00, Orange Sport 1)
  • Match 6: Boston Celtics – Golden State Warriors (June 17, 4:00 AM, Orange Sport 1)
  • Match 7: Golden State Warriors – Boston Celtics (June 20, 3:00 AM, Orange Sport 1)

How they qualified for the final:

Golden State Warriors

  • 3rd place in the Western Conference
  • 4-1 vs. Denver Nuggets
  • 4-2 vs. Memphis Grizzlies
  • 4-1 vs. Dallas Mavericks

Boston Celtics

  • 2nd place in the Eastern Conference
  • 4-0 vs. Brooklyn Nets
  • 4-3 vs. Milwaukee Bucks
  • 4-3 vs. Miami Heat