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Celtics beat Warriors in overtime to win NBA Finals rematch 121-118


BOSTON (AP) — Jayson Tatum scored a career-high 34 points with 19 rebounds after Al Horford’s 3-point overtime with one of his own on Thursday night to help the Celtics pull away from Golden State in a of 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 game into overtime. Horford had 20 points, 10 boards and three blocked shots for the Celtics, who lost to the Warriors in the NBA Finals in six games and then lost a fourth straight game against them in their regular season opener. in December.

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

The Celtics led up to 10 in the first half but trailed for the entire second half before Brown made a 3-pointer to tie it at 106. Boston scored the first four points of overtime but Draymond Green hit a pair free throws and Curry sank a 3-pointer to give the Warriors the lead.

Brown floated to make Boston 112-111, then Horford hit a 3-pointer and Tatum made his own to give the Celtics a 118-111 lead with 1:26 to play. Boston was sloppy in the stretch to give Golden State a buzzer chance, but Poole’s half-court shot wasn’t close.

The Warriors won the Game 6 Finals in Boston and then won the regular season opener on Dec. 10 in San Francisco. Although the Celtics had the NBA’s best record this season, losses to Golden State still trouble them.

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