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NBA - US Sports: Celtics strike first in NBA Finals

Boston Celtics fought back from a 15-point deficit to win 120-108 at Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals series on Thursday.

The Celtics can be backed at 10/17 to win the series, while Golden State are 6/4.

What: Boston Celtics vs. Golden State Warriors, NBA Finals Game 2

Where: Chase Center, San Francisco

When: 01:00am, Monday 6th June, 2022

How to watch: Sky Sports or bet365 Live Stream

Odds: BOS Celtics 8/5, GS Warriors 5/9

Dubs suffer rare home reverse

The Dubs appeared on course to secure victory in front of their own fans as they pulled clear to open up a 15-point lead in the third quarter.

Golden State also led by 12 points at the start of the fourth but the Celtics outscored their hosts 40-16 in the final quarter to complete an impressive comeback.

Boston scored nine three-pointers in the fourth quarter and as a team shot 15-for-22 from the field, while the Dubs' accuracy deserted them down the stretch - as they missed 10 of their 17 attempts in total in the fourth.

Golden State's Stephen Curry led the game in scoring with 34 points and Andrew Wiggins had 20, but the rest of the Warriors players struggled in offense, as Klay Thompson was limited to 15 points on 6-for-14 shooting and Jordan Poole scored just nine points in 25 minutes.

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Boston veteran Al Horford had 26 points, including six threes, guard Jaylen Brown managed 24 and Derrick White added 21 from the bench.

Celtics star Jayson Tatum had a quiet night by his standards with 12 points on 3-for-17 shooting, but he did provide 13 assists and he was the only player to record a double-double.

Kerr gives credit to Celtics

"You have to give them credit," said Golden State coach Steve Kerr after the game, as reported by the BBC. "They just came in and played a helluva fourth quarter. It's as simple as that. They deserved their win."

 The two teams next meet at the Chase Center on Sunday, before the series heads to Boston for Games 3 and 4 of the best-of-seven series.

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