Boston Celtics Claim Game 1 With A 4th Quarter Push!

Boston Celtics Claim Game 1 With A 4th Quarter Push!

The NBA Finals are upon us with the matchup between the Golden State Warriors and the Boston Celtics. Game 1 and 2 are in the Warriors’ homecourt which means that they can take advantage and earn a 2-0 lead in the series. But the Boston Celtics is a relatively young team and their perseverance won’t let the Warriors win easily.

The Golden State Warriors went with their starting lineup of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins, Draymond Green and Kevon Looney. The Boston Celtics started with Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Al Horford and Robert Williams III.

Game Summary

With the opening tip, the thrill and excitement of the Finals has commenced. The Warriors opened the scoring of their 6th Finals appearance with a 3-pointer from Stephen Curry. Tatum responded with a 3-pointer of his own. But the Warriors already held the momentum of the 1st quarter.

The reason was simple as Stephen Curry went for a 21 point outburst as he created an NBA Record for most 3s in a quarter of the NBA Finals with six made 3-pointers. The Warriors rallied to Curry and took the lead in the 1st quarter itself.

In the 2nd quarter however, the Warrior’s hot hands grew cold as they were missing their shots. The Celtics on the other hand were making consistent baskets and were being led by Jaylen Brown in the offensive end. Jayson Tatum was struggling immensely. He was missing all of his shots and could not get into rhythm. With the Warriors’ defensive focus on Tatum, the rest of the Celtics’ capitalized on that. The Boson Celtics edged out in the 1st half with a score of 56-54.

In the 3rd quarter, it was the Wiggins and Curry show as they shared the offense inside and out. The Warriors seemed like their championship selves as they moved the ball around and scored the points. The Celtics defense could not hold them off and the Warriors had earned a 10-point lead. On defense, they got stops and the Celtics could not give any answers.

In the 4th quarter, the Celtics took control of the situation and they attacked the Warriors. Defensively they were making the Warriors work to shoot the ball which led to a lot of wasted possessions. On offense Jaylen Brown was carrying the load.

In the middle of the 4th quarter, veteran leader, Al Horford, led the Celtics in a 17-0 run doing work on both ends of the floor. The Warriors could not answer the Celtics run and the lead grew a lot. They slowly succumbed as the final whistle blew.

Box Score

Stephen Curry led both teams in offense with 34 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals. Andrew Wiggins followed him up with 20 points, 5 rebounds, a steal and 3 blocks. Klay Thompson shot poorly still he put up 15 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists.

Al Horford led the Celtics in offense with 26 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and a steal. Jaylen Brown followed him up with 24 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals and a block. Derrick White provided spark off the bench with 21 points, a rebound and 3 assists. Marcus Smart scored 18 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals.

Takeaways from Game 1

The Boston Celtics pulled off an upset in Game 1 of the NBA Finals with a scoreline of 120-108. They are now one step closer to winning it all for the first time since 2008. The golden State Warriors need to take Game 2 in any way possible. Although they might have the experience, it doesn’t mean that they are guaranteed to win. Most often than the victor is the one who plays with the desire to win at any cost.

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