The Boston Celtics won 121-118 in a game against the Golden State Warriors in the 2022-2023 NBA regular season held at TD Garden in Boston, USA on the 20th (hereinafter Korean time). The reason why this game is more meaningful is that it lost to Golden State in the NBA Playoff Finals last season and finished runner-up.
That’s why the Boston players didn’t throw their bodies to win from the beginning of the game. Marcus Smart focused on his opponent’s ace Stephen Curry. Al Horford (206cm, F) and Robert Williams were also not pushed back in the fight behind the goal. However, it was regrettable that they allowed 17 points to Jordan Poole and Klay Thompson. The first quarter ended with a score of 25-26. The chase continued in the second quarter, but failed to turn around and entered the second half with a slight advantage handed over.
Boston showed a disappointing outside shooting success rate in the third quarter. Jaylen Brown tried 3 shots and missed them all, and Tatum tried 7, but only 2 were successful. With 6 offensive rebounds, he won the battle for air supremacy, but was pushed back from the perimeter and the score gap widened.
However, Tatum and Brown came back to life in the 4th quarter and narrowed the score gap based on strong defense. Brown’s score 18 seconds before the end of the fourth quarter made it 106-106, and the match between the two teams went to overtime. And in overtime, Brown continued the momentum of the 4th quarter and widened the score little by little. The players scored evenly and eventually won the game.
Horford helped the team win with 20 points, 10 rebounds and 3 blocked shots. Especially under his goal, he silently digested his role. Horford, who met after the game, started the interview by saying, “It was an important game and I really wanted to win.” 스포츠토토
He continued, “In the last final, we lost to Golden State. That’s why it was a more important match. It’s just one game in the regular season. But I really wanted to stick with them and it feels good to win in the end,” he said of his victory.
Boston succeeded in winning its eighth game in a row with the win. They are firmly holding their first place in the league. Although they lost in the NBA Finals last season, the loss at that time made the players a step further and stronger. Will Boston be able to shake off the disappointment of last season this season?