The Celtics have a huge 4th place finish and beat the Warriors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals

by: JANIE McCAULEY, Associated Press

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — 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 Finals history of the NBA for a 120-108 win 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 15 points late in the third quarter.

Boston made its first seven tries from long range in the fourth and went 9 of 12 from beyond the arc in the final 12 minutes as nearly everyone got involved in the 3-point flurry. Jayson Tatum was the only Celtics regular to struggle offensively, finishing 3 of 17.

Stephen Curry scored 34 points as he returned to the big NBA stage for the first time in three years, but the Warriors couldn’t sustain their momentum after a 38-point third quarter that put them ahead 92- 80 in the last 12 minutes.

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