Golden State crushed Boston, went 1-1 and even nailed a half-court triple

The Golden State Warriors crushed this Sunday by 107-88 to the boston celtics to match 1-1 the Finals of the NBAlit by a display of Stephen Curry with 29 points in just three quarters.

The Warriors, who on Thursday let the first win slip away with a fourth-quarter debacle, they managed to avoid surprises this time with a dreamy second half in front of their home crowd at the Chase Center in San Francisco. “We came out with the right energy and focus,” Curry said. “We said we had to play desperately and that’s what we did.”


The joy of Curry and company. (AP)

With 28 points and 6 triples, forward Jayson Tatum was one of the few positive notes for the Celtics, who once again failed to protect the ball with up to 18 turnovers. “Those turnovers and our poor offense contributed to their streaks,” Boston coach Ime Udoka said. “A team that scores as well as them doesn’t need us to help them.”

Curry and a great postcard.  (AFP)

Curry and a great postcard. (AFP)

Shooting guard Jaylen Brown had 17 points for Boston but the rest of the starting lineup – Al Horford, Marcus Smart and Robert Williams – barely scored 2 points each. “Those two guys (Tatum and Brown) create a lot of play. We contained the rest and made it difficult for them,” Curry said. “Our third quarter was great and we got enough distance that the last one was a little bit easier tonight.”

Video: the five best plays of the night

Another great Curry night

The point guard caught fire in the third quarter with 14 points that pushed the Golden State to a 35-14 run, culminating in a triple from almost midfield by Jordan Poole (17). In just 32 minutes on the court, Curry added to his tally five 3-pointers, six rebounds, four assists and three steals in his 30th career Finals game. At 34 years old, the base is determined to reach his fourth NBA ring and add it this time to his first Finals MVPone of the few recognitions that he has not received.

Video: Stephen’s best in Game 2

The match

The Warriors put their resounding fourth-quarter collapse behind them on Thursday, when Boston rallied from a 12-point lead to win 120-108.. Jaylen Brown, the main architect of that comeback, picked up the pace this Sunday with 9 points in an early 13-5 run for Boston as Steve Kerr tried to slow him down against the ferocious Draymond Green.

Green was on the brink of being sent off for a second technique before the break., when he left his legs on top of Brown as they both fell to the ground and then gave him a slight push. “That’s what Draymond Green does. He’ll do whatever it takes to win,” Brown said. “They put it on me to be physical, muddy up the game, grab me and just generally turn up the intensity. I think they got away with it tonight.”

Draymond Green against all the Celtics.  (AP)

Draymond Green against all the Celtics. (AP)

“Curry sets the tone on offense and my job is to do it on defense. And I wanted to from the beginning,” said Green, who finished with 9 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. The Warriors try to exploit their enormous experience in the Finals, where they have competed six times since 2015, against a Celtics who are seeing themselves on the biggest stage for the first time.

Facing a more intense defense from Golden State, the Celtics relied heavily on Tatum and Brown, who had 26 of the 30 points in the first quarter. Tatum, who had 21 points at halftime, bounced back from his mediocre Finals debut Thursday with just 12 points.

Banks were very active.

Banks were very active.

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On the other side, Curry carried the weight of the Warriors’ offense before young Jordan Poole joined him for a third-quarter explosion. The Celtics had gone to the locker room with only one point behind (51-50) but, as usual, the Warriors moved up a gear and Curry unleashed the storm with several impossible baskets, including three spectacular triples.

Jordan Poole imitated him with a triple from almost midfield over the buzzer that made the Chase Center stands vibrate. “It was a great shot to get the crowd into the game,” Curry acknowledged. Poole “is capable of that. We shoot from half court in every practice and we have a competition going on and he took the lead on that shot.”

With an advantage for the Warriors of 23 points (87-64)both Curry and the Celtics figures were booked in the fourth quarter for the third battle of the serieswhich will take place Wednesday at the TD Garden in Boston.

Video: Jordan Poole’s triplet (and others of his authorship)

The synthesis of Game 2

Warriors 107: Stephen Curry (29 points), Klay Thompson (11), Andrew Wiggins (11), Draymond Green (9), Kevon Looney (12). Then entered Jordan Poole (17), Otto Porter Jr. (3), Nemanja Bjelica (6), Gary Payton II (7), Moses Moody (2)

Celtics 88: Marcus Smart (2 points), Jaylen Brown (17), Jayson Tatum (28), Al Horford (2), Robert Williams III (2). Then came Derrick White (12), Payton Pritchard (4), Aaron Nesmith (4), Grant Williams (6), Sam Hauser (3), Luke Kornet (2), Malik Fitts (3), Nik Stauskas (3)

Basketball court: Chase Center (San Francisco)
Attendance: 18,000 viewers
partial: 31-30, 21-20, 35-14, 20-24

The local public also played their match.  (AFP)

The local public also played their match. (AFP)

The match program: what happened and what is to come

WARRIORS (3RD CONFERENCE WESTERN) VS CELTICS (2ND EASTERN) (Series tied 1-1)

-Thursday, June 2: Warriors – Celtics 108-120
-Sunday, June 5: Warriors – Celtics 107-88
-Wednesday, June 8: Celtics – Warriors
-Friday June 10: Celtics – Warriors
-Monday June 13: Warriors – Celtics
-Thursday June 16: Celtics – Warriors (If necessary)
‚Äč-Sunday, June 19: Warriors – Celtics (If necessary)

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