Boston Celtics center Al Horford (42) celebrates with teammates during the second half of Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors in San Francisco, Thursday, June 2, 2022. (AP Photo/John Hefti)

NBA Finals: Warriors Even Series 1-1

The Warriors evened the 2022 NBA Finals on Sunday with a 107-88 win over the Boston Celtics at the Chase Center. The Dubs entered the second half with a narrow two-point lead before a third-quarter barrage from Steph Curry and Jordan Poole put the game on ice.

After losing Game 1 of the NBA Finals on their home floor, the Warriors played with urgency and desperation to knot the series up at 1 game a piece.

“We said we needed to play with desperation, and that’s what we did.” Stephen Curry said after the game. “Good feeling to get back on track, now we got to take it on the road.”

Steph The Chef

After a 15-point first half, Stephen Curry followed it up with a 14-point third quarter, including three 3-pointers. Although Curry is often praised for marksmanship, head coach Steve Kerr talked about his defense, “Steph was breathtaking (in the 3rd Quarter). Not just the shot-making but the defensive effort. He just doesn’t get enough credit for his level of conditioning, physicality, and defense.” Kerr said after the game. He finished with a game-high 29-points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists.

Poole Party

Fellow splash bro, Jordan, Poole’d up to the party with an emphatic half-court shot to give the Warriors a 23-point lead heading into the fourth quarter. Golden State outscored Boston 35-14 in the third quarter, including seven 3’s to put the game out of reach.

Headed to Boston Tied 1-1

The series heads East for Game 3 and 4 in Boston on Wednesday and Friday. Surprisingly Boston has struggled when playing at TD Garden throughout the 2022 playoffs, winning just three home games over the last two series and holding a 5-4 record overall.

Jalen Brown and the Celtics aren’t phased by the recent struggles at home.

“Nothing in the past matters up until this moment, to be honest,” Brown said. “Everything that happened in the last series and the series before, who cares. Right now, we’re here playing a different opponent, a different team, and we’ve got to look at it as such. We’ve got to come out and play our best version of basketball because we’re capable of doing it.”

Game 3 tips off at TD Garden @ 9 p.m. Wednesday.

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