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Celtics beat Warriors in an NBA Finals rematch 121-118 in OT

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Jayson Tatum and the Celtics beat the Warriors in a wild extra time win at TD Garden on Thursday. John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

By JIMMY GOLEN, Associated Press

January 19, 2023

BOSTON (AP) — Jayson Tatum scored 34 points with a career-high 19 rebounds, following Al Horford’s extra time 3-pointer with certainly one of his own on Thursday night to assist the Celtics draw back from Golden State in an NBA Finals rematch and beat the Warriors 121-118.

Jaylen Brown added 16 points and nine rebounds, making a 3-pointer with 18 seconds left in regulation to send the sport into extra time. Horford had 20 points, 10 boards and three blocked shots for the Celtics, who lost to the Warriors within the NBA Finals in six games after which lost a fourth straight game to them of their first regular-season matchup in December.

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

The Celtics led by as many as 10 in the primary half but trailed for your entire second half before Brown made a 3-pointer to tie it at 106. Boston scored the primary 4 points of extra time but Draymond Green hit a pair of free throws and Curry sank a 3-pointer to provide the Warriors the lead.

Brown made a floater to make it 112-111 Boston, then Horford hit a 3-pointer and Tatum made his to provide the Celtics a 118-111 lead with 1:26 to play. Boston got sloppy down the stretch to provide Golden State a probability on the buzzer, but Poole’s half-court shot wasn’t close.

The Warriors won the finals in Game 6 in Boston, after which won the primary rematch of the regular season on Dec. 10 in San Francisco. Although the Celtics have come out to the most effective record within the NBA this season, the losses to Golden State still rankle them.

LONG SHOTS

Curry wowed the Celtics crowd at the top of the primary 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 web, giving the Warriors a 55-54 lead.

REGULATION

Boston scored 12 of the primary 14 points within the second quarter to show a one-point deficit right into a 10-point lead, however the Warriors quickly retook the lead and made it as many as 11, 85-74, with two minutes left within the third.

After the Celtics tied it on Brown’s 3, the Warriors opted to not 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 primary 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 within the month after missing 15 games (strained muscle in right leg; non-COVID illness), each teams were relatively healthy.

TIP-INS

Horford had 10 points, five rebounds and a chase-down block in the primary quarter. … Thompson picked up his fifth foul and went to the bench with eight minutes left within the fourth. … Wiggins scored 20. Green had 11 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists. … Williams had 14 points and 11 boards. Smart Scored 18.

UP NEXT

Warriors: Visit Cleveland on Friday.

Celtics: Visit Toronto on Saturday.

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