Can Dubs avoid big NBA Finals deficit?

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GAME ESSENTIALS: Celtics (51-31) vs. Warriors (53-29), at 5 p.m. PT. TV: ABC


FINAL SERIES UPDATE: Celtics lead, 1-0. LAST PLAYOFF MEETING: Celtics won the 1964 NBA Finals 4-1.

A shocking fourth-quarter slump saw the Warriors lose in Game 1 — and now they have their backs to the wall in Game 2.

The Celtics beat the Warriors 40-16 in the fourth quarter and stole Game 1 at the Chase Center. Boston had massive shooting nights from Al Horford, Marcus Smart and Derrick White, who combined 15-to-23 from 3-point range to help the Celtics win the game.

Since Steve Kerr took over as coach in 2014-15, this is only the third time the Warriors have lost the first game of a playoff series and the second time at home (another time was the 2016 Western Conference Finals against the Thunder ). Only Warriors leads Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala remain from this series, but they stress that it’s not the time to panic.

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