Boston Celtics

Jun 2, 2022; San Francisco, California, USA; Boston Celtics center Al Horford (42) high fives guard Jaylen Brown (7) after a play against the Golden State Warriors during the second half of game one of the 2022 NBA Finals at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

The trick, of course, is to keep doing it differently. On one night, maybe your best player scores 46 in a must-win Game 6 on the road. In another, maybe your most respected veteran, rediscovers the Fountain of Youth and scores 30. Or maybe, on a night when your star couldn’t toss a coffee cup into an open dumpster, most everyone else rallies with a fourth-quarter performance that hit these NBA Finals like an avalanche.

As the saying goes, whatever it takes.

“It wasn’t our best game,” Celtics forward Al Horford said after Boston’s 120-108 win over the Golden State Warriors last night in Game 1 of The Finals. “But we continue to fight and find ways to win.”

Do they ever.

So … how, exactly, did the Celtics win this game? By outscoring the Warriors by a whopping 40-16 margin in the fourth quarter – and even more incredible 48-21 over the final 14 minutes after falling behind by 15 points late in the third quarter – and by hitting the Warriors from all sides with most everyone on the roster.

You want team basketball? You got it, top to bottom:

  • Jaylen Brown

    Jun 2, 2022; San Francisco, California, USA; Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) goes to the basket while defended by Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) during the second half of game one of the 2022 NBA Finals at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Ezra Shaw/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

    Jun 2, 2022; San Francisco, California, USA; Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) goes to the basket while defended by Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) during the second half of game one of the 2022 NBA Finals at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Ezra Shaw/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

    Brown had a relatively modest 10 points in the fourth quarter, but they all felt huge. With the Celtics trailing by 12 entering the fourth, Brown led the Celtics on a 12-2 run to start the quarter by hitting a pair of threes and an 18-foot step-back, all sandwiched around a steal and feed to Payton Pritchard for a layup. He also finished the quarter with five assists and was – get this – a plus-27 during slightly more than 11 minutes in the fourth quarter alone.

  • Al Horford

    SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 02: Al Horford #42 of the Boston Celtics attempts a three point basket against Kevon Looney #5 of the Golden State Warriors during the fourth quarter in Game One of the 2022 NBA Finals at Chase Center on June 02, 2022 in San Francisco, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

    SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 02: Al Horford #42 of the Boston Celtics attempts a three point basket against Kevon Looney #5 of the Golden State Warriors during the fourth quarter in Game One of the 2022 NBA Finals at Chase Center on June 02, 2022 in San Francisco, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

    In his first career NBA Finals game, Horford made it count, shooting 9-of-12 in the game overall and a scorching 6-of-8 from 3-point distance to lead the Celtics in scoring with 26 points. Horford scored 18 of his points in the second half and was a perfect 4-of-4 in the fourth quarter (including 2-of-2 from distance) while also converting his only free throw attempt. He finished the fourth with a team-high 11 points – and in just 5:46.

  • Derrick White

    Jun 2, 2022; San Francisco, California, USA; Boston Celtics guard Derrick White (9) dribbles the ball while defended by Golden State Warriors guard Jordan Poole (3) during the second half in game one of the 2022 NBA Finals at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

    Jun 2, 2022; San Francisco, California, USA; Boston Celtics guard Derrick White (9) dribbles the ball while defended by Golden State Warriors guard Jordan Poole (3) during the second half in game one of the 2022 NBA Finals at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

    Boston’s surging sixth man joined Brown and Jayson Tatum (all a team-high 11:12 played in the fourth quarter) at the nucleus of the comeback, continuing his stellar play. White finished a team-high plus-25 for the game and scored 21 points while shooting 6-of-11 overall and 5-of-8 from 3-point distance. In his last three games, White has averaged 17 points while shooting 11-of-18 from distance – an eye-popping 61.1 percent.

  • Jayson Tatum

    Jun 2, 2022; San Francisco, California, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) shoots the ball while defended by Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (left) during the first half of game one of the 2022 NBA Finals at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

    Jun 2, 2022; San Francisco, California, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) shoots the ball while defended by Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (left) during the first half of game one of the 2022 NBA Finals at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

    Was he a train wreck shooting the ball? Yes. But he also dished out a game-high 13 assists, including four in the final quarter. Tatum took only one shot in the final 10:30 of the game and none in the final 5:50, when the Celtics scored 20 of the game’s final 22 points to take the lead and pull away. A younger Tatum needed to score to impact the game – and might have turtled if he did not. This Tatum helped in a different way and committed just two turnovers – none in the fourth quarter.

  • Payton Pritchard

    Jun 2, 2022; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala (9) controls the ball while defended by Boston Celtics guard Payton Pritchard (11) during the second half of game one of the 2022 NBA Finals at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

    Jun 2, 2022; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala (9) controls the ball while defended by Boston Celtics guard Payton Pritchard (11) during the second half of game one of the 2022 NBA Finals at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

    Yes, you’re reading that correctly. Other than Tatum, Brown and White, the pesky Pritchard was on the court more than any other Celtic (including Marcus Smart) in the fourth quarter. Pritchard went 2-of-3 (including 1-of-2 from distance) and scored five points in the quarter while collecting a team-high four rebounds. Smart replaced him with 3:47 to go after the Celtics had taken a six-point lead and then buried a pair of 3-pointers himself.

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