Celtics beat Warriors in OT, win NBA Finals rematch 121-118

Jan 19, 2023, 5:30 AM | Updated: Jan 20, 2023, 6:03 am
Golden State Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins (22) and Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) vie for...

Golden State Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins (22) and Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) vie for control of the ball in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

(AP Photo/Steven Senne)

              Golden State Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins (22) and Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) vie for control of the ball in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
            
              Boston Celtics interim head coach Joe Mazzulla, center, celebrates with guard Marcus Smart (36) after their team scored in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
            
              Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart (36) celebrates after the team scored in overtime in an NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
            
              Boston Celtics guard Malcolm Brogdon, center, celebrates with forward Jayson Tatum (0) after their team scored while center Robert Williams III (44) looks on in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
            
              Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) shoots at the basket as Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) defends in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
            
              Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum, left, drives past Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, right, in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
            
              Golden State Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins (22) and Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) vie for control of the ball in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
            
              Boston Celtics interim head coach Joe Mazzulla, center, celebrates with guard Marcus Smart (36) after their team scored in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
            
              Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart (36) celebrates after the team scored in overtime in an NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
            
              Boston Celtics guard Malcolm Brogdon, center, celebrates with forward Jayson Tatum (0) after their team scored while center Robert Williams III (44) looks on in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
            
              Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) shoots at the basket as Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) defends in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
            
              Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum, left, drives past Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, right, in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
            
              Golden State Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins (22) looks to shoot at the basket past Boston Celtics guard Derrick White (9) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
            
              Golden State Warriors forward Anthony Lamb, right, drives toward the basket as Boston Celtics guards Derrick White, center, and Malcolm Brogdon (13) defend in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
            
              Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) and Golden State Warriors guard Jordan Poole (3) vie for control of the ball in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
            
              Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) looks for an opening around Golden State Warriors guard Donte DiVincenzo, left, in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
            
              Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) drives toward the basket past Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

BOSTON (AP) — Al Horford’s 7-year-old, Ean, sat in the front row of the postgame news conference, wearing a hat from last season’s NBA Finals.

Up on the podium, his father needed no reminder of what Thursday night’s game against the Golden State Warriors meant for the Celtics and their fans.

“Yeah, it’s a big game,” the Boston big man said after scoring 20 points with 10 rebounds and three blocked shots, making a key 3-pointer in overtime to help the Celtics beat the Warriors 121-118 in a finals rematch.

“You know, I wanted to come out here, and I wanted to win. I wanted to win really bad,” Horford said. “It’s a regular season. It’s just one game. It’s over. But it’s an important game.”

Jayson Tatum scored 34 points with a career-high 19 rebounds, following Horford’s overtime 3 with one of his own to put Boston up by seven with 1:30 left. Jaylen Brown added 16 points, making a 3-pointer with 19 seconds left in regulation to send the game into overtime.

The victory snapped a four-game losing streak against Golden State — the last three games of the finals and the first regular-season rematch, which the Warriors won in San Francisco in December.

“The fact of the matter is we lost. We lost the championship,” Tatum said. “No one win — we can’t bring that back. We can’t go back in time and change that.

“So we didn’t look at this as a rematch of the finals,” he said. “It’s just one game.”

Stephen Curry scored 29 points, Jordan Poole had 24 and Klay Thompson also had 24 before fouling out in overtime for the Warriors. The defending champions fell to 5-18 on the road this season.

“Disappointed that we didn’t close the game, but I know we can do this,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “Better now than in the playoffs.”

Boston led by as many as 10 in the first half but trailed for the entire second half before Brown’s 3-pointer tied it. The Celtics scored the first four points of overtime but Draymond Green hit a pair of free throws and Curry sank a 3 to give the Warriors a 111-110 lead.

Brown made a floater to take back the lead, then Horford hit a 3-pointer and Tatum made his to give the Celtics a 118-111 lead with 1:26 to play. Boston got sloppy down the stretch to give Golden State a chance at the buzzer, but Poole’s half-court shot wasn’t close.

The Warriors won the finals in Game 6 in Boston, and then won the first rematch of the regular season in San Francisco. Although the Celtics have come out to the best record in the NBA this season, the losses to Golden State still rankle them.

Tatum struggled against the Warriors in June and scored 18 points on 6-for-21 shooting at Golden State on Dec. 10. But he credited Horford, who had 10 points, five rebounds and a chase-down blocked shot in the first period, with getting Boston off to a good start at home.

“Al came out and looked like he was 25 today,” Tatum said. “He came out and set the tone, he really did. And we all kind of followed behind that the rest of the night.”

LONG SHOTS

Curry wowed the Boston crowd at the end of the first half with a buzzer-beater that was officially listed as 50 feet.

The Warriors had the ball with the clock running down, but Malcolm Brogdon stole it from Thompson and got it to Tatum. Curry took it away from him and lined up a 3-pointer from the far side of the halfcourt circle.

It swished through the net, giving the Warriors a 55-54 lead.

REGULATION

The Warriors led by as many as 11, 85-74, with two minutes left in the third, but Boston came back and tied it on Brown’s 3. The Warriors opted not to call a timeout, and Curry dribbled out the clock before tossing a 3-point attempt that banged off the front of the rim. (The Celtics managed to get a timeout with 0.5 seconds left, but couldn’t get off a shot.)

COMEBACKS

Brown was back for Boston after missing three games with a groin injury. Celtics center Robert Williams III missed the Dec. 10 game between the teams and was out for the first 29 games of the season recovering from left knee surgery.

With Curry returning on Jan. 10 from an 11-game absence (partially dislocated left shoulder), and Wiggins coming back earlier in the month after missing 15 games (strained muscle in right leg; non-COVID illness), both teams were relatively healthy.

TIP-INS

Warriors: Thompson picked up his fifth foul and went to the bench with eight minutes left in the fourth. … Wiggins scored 20. Green had 11 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists.

Celtics: Observed a moment of silence for Chris Ford, the former player and coach who died this week at the age of 74. … Williams had 14 points and 11 boards. Smart scored 18. … The Celtics shot 73% from the free throw line and under 40% from the field.

UP NEXT

Warriors: Visit Cleveland on Friday.

Celtics: Visit Toronto on Saturday.

___

AP NBA: https://apnews.com/hub/nba and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

AP

New York Rangers defenseman Jacob Trouba (8) and Calgary Flames defenseman Chris Tanev (8) fight du...
Associated Press

Lafreniere scores in OT to lift Rangers over Flames 5-4

NEW YORK (AP) — Alexis Lafreniere scored 1:37 into overtime and Jaroslav Halak made 28 saves as the New York Rangers beat the Calgary Flames 5-4 on Monday night. Lafreniere led a 2-on-1 rush and then tracked down a rebound, beating Flames netminder Jacob Markstrom for his seventh goal of the season. That ended a […]
21 hours ago
FILE - Actor Simu Liu, right, watches an NBA basketball game between the Golden State Warriors and ...
Associated Press

Marvel’s Simu Liu dedicates ‘sensory room’ at Warriors arena

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Simu Liu, who’s best known for playing Marvel superhero Shang-Chi, wants everyone who attends an event at Chase Center to feel welcome, comfortable and supported, just as he has been in the five months since opening up about his own challenges with anxiety. Now, there’s the Simu Liu Sensory Room, complete […]
21 hours ago
Sacramento Kings forward Harrison Barnes (40) dunks between Houston Rockets guard Jalen Green (4) a...
Associated Press

Murray hits eight 3-pointers as Kings beat Rockets 140-120

HOUSTON (AP) — Keegan Murray had a career-high 30 points and set a franchise rookie record with eight 3-pointers to help the Sacramento Kings snap a two-game skid with a 140-120 win over the Houston Rockets on Monday night. Murray, the fourth overall pick in last year’s NBA draft, shot 8 for 12 from beyond […]
21 hours ago
San Antonio Spurs' Jakob Poeltl (25) goes up to shoot while being fouled by Chicago Bulls' Nikola V...
Associated Press

Vucevic, Drummond come up big, Bulls beat Spurs 128-104

CHICAGO (AP) — Nikola Vucevic had 22 points and 12 rebounds, Andre Drummond set season highs with 21 points and 15 rebounds, and the Chicago Bulls handed San Antonio its ninth straight loss, beating the Spurs 128-104 on Monday night. Zach LaVine scored 20 points and DeMar DeRozan had 19, helping the Bulls match a […]
21 hours ago
New Jersey Devils goaltender Vitek Vanecek (41) watches the puck as he makes a save during the firs...
Associated Press

Bratt power-play OT goal gives Devils 5-4 win over Canucks

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Jesper Bratt scored on a power play with 43 seconds left in overtime and the New Jersey Devils beat the Vancouver Canucks 5-4 on Monday night after squandering a three-goal lead. Jack Hughes and Ondrej Palat scored two goals apiece and Vitek Vanecek made 26 saves in winning his 10th straight […]
21 hours ago
Los Angeles Clippers' Nicolas Batum (33) is defended by Brooklyn Nets' Dru Smith (9) and Royce O'Ne...
Associated Press

Clippers surge late, overcome Thomas’ 47 to top Nets 124-116

NEW YORK (AP) — Paul George scored 29 points, Kawhi Leonard added 24 and the Los Angeles Clippers overcame a career-high 47 points from Cam Thomas in his first start to beat the short-handed Brooklyn Nets 124-116 on Monday night. Ivica Zubac added 19 points and 12 rebounds for the Clippers, who won for the […]
21 hours ago
Celtics beat Warriors in OT, win NBA Finals rematch 121-118