SAN FRANCISCO: The Boston Celtics bounced back from a 12-point deficit in the fourth quarter to defeat the Golden State Warriors 120-108 in the opening match of the NBA Finals.
Stephen Curry scored a game-high 34 points for the Warriors, who led 92-80 and had not lost in their previous nine home playoff games this season.
However, Jaylen Brown scored 10 points in the fourth quarter to propel the Celtics to victory.
After five failed playoff trips in the previous 12 years, the Eastern Conference winners Boston made a remarkable return to the Finals.
Al Horford, who led the team with 26 points, said he had been "waiting for this moment" for a long time.
The 36-year-old also stated that he wants his teammates to be able to relax and not feel the burden of the event.
"I wanted to make sure that our guys came out here and played free. I wanted them to understand that this is just a game, so just go out there and have fun," he said.
Game two of the best-of-seven series is scheduled for Sunday in San Francisco.