SAN FRANCISCO – this was exactly the kind of dismissal that the Chase Center fans were looking for – any reason they jumped out of their seats in a delirious celebration of this team who could not believe they had lost Game 1.
This happened at the end of the third quarter. Jordan Poole took a few steps to the middle of the pitch, lifted and missed a 39-foot shot that went into the net. Poole jumped back with his left foot and raised both eyebrows, while all the Golden State fans jumped to their feet and started screaming with joy and maybe a little relief.
That shot gave the Warriors a 23-point lead in the fourth quarter and finished the Boston Celtics in their second game in the NBA Finals. Golden State won, 107-88, and tied the series in one game. The 3rd game is Wednesday night in Boston.
The Celtics had a habit of playing well after this season when they had to win and playing less quickly when they were allowed to lose. It worked for them in the first three rounds, but it meant that their second and third round series went up to seven games.
This was announced by Boston coach Ime Udoka with his team before the second game of the finals.
“It was time to be greedy and go for two,” Udoka said.
He also addressed Golden State’s propensity for big mileage in the third quarter, which is a major problem for the Celtics team, which has become a habit in the third quarter this season.
In the first game, Boston was able to overcome a 14-point deficit in the third quarter as it dominated the fourth and outscored Golden State 40-16.
In Game 2, Golden State did not allow recovery. Instead it was when the dam broke.
In the third quarter on Sunday, the Warriors beat the Celtics by 21 points, while in the fourth, their lead increased to 29.
In the first game, Stephen Curry missed a 3-point fast wave earlier, scoring 21 points in the first quarter. In Game 2, the door remained a threat to the Celtics, scoring 29 points, 14 of them in the third quarter.
Celtics striker Jason Tatum temporarily recovered from a drop in the first game but was eventually delayed in the third quarter.
Tatum hit 3 of 17 pitches in Game 1 and dismissed speculation that his shot might have affected the rest of his game. As for going beyond a one-game drop, he was confident he could do it.
“You will not allow this to enter your mind,” Tatum said ahead of Saturday’s training session. “I can do nothing about what happened in the last game.”
He responded in the first half of Game 2 with 21 points, 7 of 7 shots. But he only took two shots from the pitch in the third quarter, despite playing 12 minutes.
Al Horford, who led the Celtics with 26 points in the first game and kissed the Chase Center fans when the game was over, took just four shots and scored 2 points in the second game.
The game was closed prematurely and the Celtics even had a 9-point advantage in one moment of the first quarter. But Golden State never let Boston retain the lead. Despite Tatum with 21 points in the first half and Jalen Brown with 15 points in the first half, Golden State led the game with 2 points.
At the beginning of the fourth quarter, the game was so good that most of the Golden State starters were still resting in the last frame.
Streams and confetti fell from the rafters after time had elapsed, and Karim, who was sitting in the fourth quarter, glanced briefly at them. He ensured that the series would return to San Francisco and continue until at least the 5th game.