NBA - Golden State Warriors hold on to Boston Ntics Finals for Game 1 of NBA Finals

NBA – Golden State Warriors hold on to Boston Ntics Finals for Game 1 of NBA Finals

Warriors – Celtics: 108-120

Boston leads the series 1-0

But what a cold! The Celtics air-conditioned the San Francisco Hall, yet boiling over each of Stephen Curry’s three-point bombs (34 points) throughout the evening, to start winning the first game of the Warriors Finals (120-108). ). Despite a significant lack of experience – 123 games in total at this level of competition for Golden State players against 0 for Boston – Al Horford and his partners were able to extinguish their opponents in the most important moments of the game. part.


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Yet they seemed defeated after suffering the thunderbolts of Steve Kerr’s men when they returned from the locker room. The Californians dominated the third quarter, their trademark in each of the titles won in 2015, 2017 and 2018. They were even 15 points ahead (72-87). That wasn’t enough.

The Celtics did not panic despite Jayson Tatum’s awkwardness. The All-Star winger, embarrassed by Andrew Wiggins’ defense and perhaps a little paralyzed by the stakes, converted only 3 of his 17 attempts. But he had the intelligence to let his teammates shine. Many of his 13 assists ended with an award-winning basket from one of his teammates. Randomly, Derrick White, Marcus Smart or Horford. These three players – along with Jaylen Brown – blew the opponent’s defense lock by multiplying long shots. First to get back to the score, then to take the plunge.

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Brown and the Celtics took advantage of an express pass from Curry on the bench to stick a 9-0 lead early in the fourth quarter. Boston came back two short lengths (89-91). But even then, the presence of Steph – the author of a thunderous first quarter with 21 points and a clear tone above everyone else – the support of the audience and the experience of the Warriors made him want to thinking they were going to handle the end of the game. And not at all.

They suffered. They suffered the frantic three-point address from the Celtics. White, Horford and then Smart each scored two baskets behind the bow in the money time. With a downright 17-0 run by the Celtics to stun the three-time champions in the space of a few moments. A 40-16 in 12 minutes. Al Horford finished with 26 points and 6 three-point shots (personal best). Derrick White added 21. Boston planted 21 of its 41 outside attempts.

A performance needed to prevail on the Golden State floor, where the Warriors had not lost since the start of the playoffs. The Massachusetts franchise has already almost accomplished its first mission by regaining the field advantage with this victory. Curry and his teammates have no choice but to come back even stronger in Game 2 on Sunday night.


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