Jillian Brown has saved 10 of her 24 points for fourth-quarter Florida and the Boston Celtics have continued their post-season dominance with a 120-108 win over the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals in San Francisco on Thursday.
Al Harford led a balanced attack with 26 points and Derrick White scored 21 points for the Celtics. Boston will try to take a 2-0 lead in the seven-match series with another game on the Warriors court on Sunday, where the Western Conference champions advanced 9-0 to the final.
To win the playoffs for the eighth time in 10 road games, the Celtics trailed 92-80 to close the gap to three quickly with a 9-0 burst before starting the fourth quarter. There were 2- and 3-point hoops to light the brown run.
Golden State’s Andre Igudala temporarily stopped the snowfall, but White and Harford then pressed a pair of 3-pointers while Brown and Payton Pritchard added a 20-9 one-on-one to give Boston a 109-103 lead. To go 4:49
The Celtics made a total of nine 3-pointers in the final, beating Golden State 40-16 in the last 12 minutes.
6-for-8 shots from the Harford 3-point range, -8 for the White 5 and -7 for the Marcus Smart 4 because of the 41-for-21 shooting from outside the Boston Ark (51.2 percent). The net burned.
Eastern Conference champions Celtics finished smart with 18 points, winning despite an off-night from star Jason Tatum, who shot 3 for 17 and a total of 12 points.
For the Warriors, Stephen Curry had 34 points and Andrew Wiggins 20, who led most of the first 43 minutes. Most of Curry’s points came from outside the arc at 7 for 14.
Golden State scored 63-57 on 3-pointers despite four more (45-41) attempts.
Clay Thompson added 15 points and Auto Porter Jr. 12 for the Warriors, who are advancing to their sixth final in eight years.
The Celtics survived a 21-point curry explosion in the first quarter to take a 56-54 lead at halftime.
Curry set a final record for a quarter with six 3-pointers in eight attempts in the first period. However, he went goalless in the second quarter, missing his only attempt from outside the arc.
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