This is one of the great stories of these 2022 playoffs, and even of the season! Considered a retiree a year ago on the Thunder side, and while he held the record for games without reaching the Finals, here he is. Al Horford is the best player in Game 1! The Celtics pivot, the first Dominican to play in an NBA Finals, was instrumental in his side’s victory with 26 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 interception. What will also be remembered is his position in defense, much more certain than that of Robert Williams, but also obviously his 6 out of 8 3-point! It’s a record for him, regular season and playoffs together!
“I had a lot of fun. God has put me in a position to succeed and I am very grateful for that. ” he reacted on the edge of the field. “Personally, I want to make the most of this moment. (…) I just try to play right, and take advantage of every opportunity. Guys found me tonight, and I put it in. »
Eight points in 90 seconds to stun the Warriors
Of course, the turning point of the game was the start of the 4th quarter. The Celtics are leading by 12 points, and under the impetus of Jaylen Brown and then their shooters, they will reverse the course of the game.
« The group that started the 4th quarter did a great job, setting the tone He continues. « Jaylen was aggressive, Rob went to the dunk, and it all came together. When Jaylen sent Rob to the alley-oop, it launched us. That’s where it all started. »
The Celtics will fly over this 4th quarter and Al Horford will hurt a lot with his 3-pointers. He put Boston ahead (106-103), and after Steve Kerr’s timeout, he pushed the nail on the next attack (109-103). Better yet, he stunned the Warriors with a mid-range shot (111-103). In fact, Horford will score eight straight points in 90 seconds, and the Celtics will rush to victory. It’s very simple, when it comes into play, Boston is leading 101-97. When he comes out at the end of the game, Boston leads 120-105. A differential of +19 in nine minutes!
Despite his performance and his 8th win in 10 away games, Horford are not entirely satisfied…
« We have to do better in the next game. We must stop giving too many “second chances” and put ourselves in the wrong position. “ he concludes.