Here are the scores, updates, and results of the NBA 2021-2022 NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors (GSW) and the Boston Celtics (BOS) on June 14, 2022 (All times are in Philippine Standard Time) at the Chase Center.
The Golden State Warriors defend their homecourt and are one win away to get their hands on another championship.
Andrew Wiggins delivered his most brilliant performance for the Warriors in this contest, racking up 26 points, 13 boards, two assists, two steals, and a block while playing for 43 big minutes for Golden State. Overall, he hit 12 of his 23 attempts on the field.
“Coming into this year, he was an All-Star starter for a reason,” Draymond Green shared. “… The bigger the challenge has been that we’ve thrown in front of him, the bigger he’s responded. You want a guy like that. When the stage gets big, they respond and play their best basketball, and that’s what he’s been doing.”
In the third quarter, the Warriors collapsed, and at one point in that period, they also lost their winning margin. They scored 24 points against Boston’s 35 points, but at the end of the third, they still managed to get back their lead. They then continued their scoring barrage on the Celtics in the fourth quarter and came out with the win with a final score of 104-94.
Stephen Curry had 16 points in the win while also having eight dishes. This is one of the rarest performances of the two-time MVP as he did not tally a single three-pointer throughout the matchup. The two-time MVP went 0-9 from outside the three-point land. With this, Curry’s NBA-record streak of 132 consecutive playoff games with at least a three-point shot ended alongside his 233 straight games with a three-pointer in the regular season and the postseason combined.
“Uh, keep shooting, very simple,” Curry said. “I’m not afraid to go 0-for or whatever because I’m going to keep shooting.”
Klay Thompson, his splash brother, had 21 points while shooting 7-14.
The Warriors also had offensive contributors from the second unit, namely, Payton II and Poole. Both of them logged in 29 combined points for the squad, 15 points from Payton II, and 14 from Poole. In addition, Poole hit another “Hail Mary” shot in the third quarter near the center of the court as the time expired.
Golden State shot 46.6% on their shots overall while Boston shot 41.3% on their attempts.
To keep their championship hopes alive, the Celtics must win the next contest as we go back to the TD Garden on the 17th of June (Friday).
The starters of the Celtics had magnificent outputs against Golden State, but it was not enough to triumph over them.
Jayson Tatum had 27 points, ten rebounds, and four assists while playing for 44 minutes. Not only that, but he also knocked down five three-point shots out of his nine attempts from three-point territory. Marcus Smart had 20 while Brown had 18.
Boston had a slow start in the first quarter, tallying only 16 points against Golden State’s 27 points. They gradually reduced the lead by the opposing team in the succeeding periods and in the third quarter, they were finally in control of the game because of a three-point shot by Horford. However, they were not able to maintain it and got defeated by the Warriors as a result.
“Definitely we weren’t as sharp as we needed to be during times there. Just tough,” Horford said. “Definitely now, our backs are against the wall, and we have to see what we’re made of.”
Moreover, despite the Warriors recording 104 points at the end of the match, they only converted nine of their 40 attempts from three-point land. Curry went 0-9 while Wiggins went 0-6. “Chef Curry” did not hit a three-point shot in the first time since their loss against the Bucks in 2018 when he went 0-4.
Warriors vs Celtics
15-27; 23-24; 35-24; 20-29
Warriors (104) – Wiggins 26, Thompson 21, Curry 16, Payton II 15, Poole 14
Celtics (94) – Tatum 27, Smart 20, Brown 18, Williams III 10, Horford 9