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Celtics have huge 4th quarter, beat Warriors in Game 1 of NBA Finals

Al Horford hits 6 3-pointers, Boston outscores Golden State 40-16 in final 12 minutes
Boston Celtics center Al Horford flexes at Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of 2022 NBA Finals
Posted at 11:56 PM, Jun 02, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-02 23:56:32-04

SAN FRANCISCO — Jaylen Brown fueled a comeback charge and scored 24 points, Al Horford hit six 3-pointers and the Boston Celtics rode the most lopsided fourth quarter in NBA Finals history to a 120-108 victory over the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 on Thursday night.

Horford finished with 26 points and the Celtics outscored the Warriors 40-16 in the final 12 minutes after trailing by 15 points late in the third quarter.

Boston made its first seven tries from long distance in the fourth and wound up 9 of 12 beyond the arc over the final 12 minutes as almost everybody got involved in the 3-point flurry.

Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum shoots against Golden State Warriors center Kevon Looney in Game 1 of 2022 NBA Finals
Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum drives to the basket against Golden State Warriors center Kevon Looney during the second half of Game 1 of the NBA Finals, Thursday, June 2, 2022, in San Francisco.

Jayson Tatum was the lone Celtics regular who struggled offensively, finishing 3 for 17.

Stephen Curry scored 34 points in his return to the NBA's big stage for the first time in three years, but the Warriors couldn't sustain momentum from a 38-point third quarter that put them ahead 92-80 going into the final 12 minutes.