Golden State Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins (22) rebounds against Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart (36) and Center Al Horford (42) during the second game of the 2022 NBA Finals at Chase Center. Aim for.Ezra Show
The Golden State Warriors arrived at the San Francisco Arena on Sunday in desperate mode. We are well aware that a second consecutive stumbling block will have a huge impact on the chances of a championship.
It took the Warriors half the time to find their way, but then beat the Boston Celtics 107-88 and knocked out a third-quarter knockout punch for the night of the NBA Finals.
Stephen Curry scored 29 points when the Golden State revenge the 120-108 home loss in Game 1, and scored five three points in three-quarters of the action.
“Aggressively, we were a little more organized by what we were trying to do from the jump,” Curry said. “We said we had to play desperately, and that’s what we did. It feels good to get back on track, and now we have to put it on the road. . “
Curry averages 31.5 points in the series, scoring 12 out of 26 3-point shots.
“I always have to be proactive, creative and try to score,” Curry said. “These first two games worked. I don’t know what it looks like on the road. The series is always about playing with confidence in the ball in my hand.”
Jordan Poole added 17 points and Kevon Looney recorded 12 for the Warriors who had an edge of 35-14 in the third quarter. Klay Thompson and Andrew Wiggins each had 11 for the Golden State to travel to Boston for Game 3 on Wednesday.
Jayson Tatum scored six 3-pointers while earning 28 points for the Celtics. The Celtics scored 55-38 in the second half.
Jaylen Brown added 17 points to Boston, but 5 out of 17. Derrick White scored 12 points from the Celtics bench.
The Celtics split in the Bay Area, but Brown wasn’t happy at all.
“I’m not satisfied. I’m not satisfied with winning,” Brown said. “Move to the next problem.”
The Golden State shot 45.3 percent from the field, but Boston made 37.5 percent of that shot. Both teams were 15 out of 37 from behind Ark. The pool also knocked down 5 trays.
The Celtics Game 1 hero Al Horford (26 points) now has only 2 points on a 1 to 4 shot.
Boston made 19 turnovers and Golden State won 15 steals. Curry, Looney, and Otto Porter Jr. had three each.
“These shifts didn’t give us much of a chance,” said Celtics coach Ime Udoka.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr said increasing pressure on Boston was part of the game plan.
“Turnobar is often a by-product of physicality and strength,” Kerr said. “I thought we brought it from the beginning. We did a good job of trying to make things difficult for them.”
Curry scored 14 points in the decisive third quarter, helping the Warriors turn the 52-50 half-time lead into a 23-point cushion. He scored 8 points during the 16-4 burst, with Golden State opening a 68-56 lead with 6:47 remaining in the third quarter.
Grant Williams and Tatam hit three consecutive pointers to cut Boston’s deficit in half, while the Warriors responded with 11 straight points. Porter began to soar on the tray, and Curry drained the two straight from behind the arc to 79-62, leaving 2:13.
The pool finished the quarter with two three pointers in the last 30 seconds. He fired a second shot from just inside the Celtics guard Payton Pritchard’s half-court line, giving the Golden State an 87-64 lead over time to enter the final stanza.
“My teammates look for me at the end of the quarter, and I knew I was right behind him,” Poole said. “I think there is an infinite range.”
Boston tried only four of its 17 field goal attempts in the fateful third quarter.
“The third quarter was a bit stagnant. They shot because it felt like it led to a defensive end,” Tatum said.
The Warriors scored the first six points in the fourth quarter, increasing the margin to 29 and cruising to the finish.
Curry scored 15 points in the first half and the Warriors led the break by two points. Tatum scored five three points while scoring 21 in the Boston half. Brown added 15 points in the first half, while 13 points were added in the opening quarter.