The Boston Celtics were down and seemingly out after three-quarters of play on Thursday night in Game of the NBA Finals in San Francisco. Down 12 to the Golden State Warriors with 12 minutes remaining, they saved their best period for last as they surged down the stretch to outscore their hosts 40-16 to take a comfortable-looking 120-108 victory.
Spurred on by Al Horford (who had 26 points on 9-12 shooting from the floor and who splashed in nine of 12 three-pointers), they rained in the three’s in that final quarter to drive the point home. They were so good from deep collectively that they drained the first seven attempts from behind the arc, setting the tone and sending the message that they weren’t out of it until it was truly over with. Jaylen Brown finished the contest with 24 to his name while Marcus Smart had 18 and Jayson Tatum posted a double-double with 12 points and 13 assists. On the Warriors side, Steph Curry led all scorers with 34 and Andrew Wiggins added 20 in the losing effort.