San Francisco/Munich – The Boston Celtics are off to a blistering start in the NBA Finals, taking the first step toward an 18th title. Thanks to a hot last quarter, the team around the player of the German national team, Daniel Theis, beat the Golden State Warriors 120:108 and suffered their first home loss to the opponent in the current playoffs.
In their first Finals in 12 years, the Celtics trailed 80-92 heading into the final period before turning the game around on a 17-0 run. 36-year-old “Celtics” veteran Al Horford scored 26 points, eleven of which were scored only in the last quarter, which went to the guests with a score of 40:16.
Boston now leads 1-0 in the best-of-seven series. Four wins are needed to clinch the title, Boston’s first since 2008.
Warriors coach praises “Celtics”.
“They played like hell in the fourth quarter, you have to give them credit. It’s as simple as that,” Golden State coach Steve Kerr said. With the Warriors, superstar Stephen Curry scored 34 points, Andrew Wiggins scored 20 points, and Klay Thompson scored 15 points.
Theiss, the third German to play for the Larry O’Brien Trophy after Detlef Schrempf and Dirk Nowitzki, played six minutes and scored three points. Eleven years into Nowitzki’s lifelong dream of winning the most important of all basketball titles. Game two of the series takes place on Monday night.
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