Boston Celtics star Jayson Tatum said the Celtics knew how to react to a large deficit and not panicking was the key in their big comeback win in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. On Thursday night in San Francisco, the Celtics defeated the Golden State Warriors 120-108 to take a 1-0 lead in the NBA Finals.
The Warriors entered the fourth quarter with a 12-point lead but the Celtics refused to quit as they won the final quarter with a 40-16 score. Tatum didn't have a big night scoring-wise as he finished with just 12 points.
However, Tatum also dished out 13 assists. "The message at the start of the fourth was, 'We've been here before,'" Tatum said, per ESPN. "We know what it takes to overcome a deficit like that. Obviously that's a great team.
It's not going to be easy. But just knowing we've been in that situation before and we've gotten our self out of it. We had a lot of time left, right? It wasn't time to hang your head or be done, it was time to figure it out."
Tatum: I don't expect to shoot that bad again
Tatum admitted he wasn't happy with the fact that he had a bad shooting night but added he will gladly take it as long as the Celtics end on the winning side.
"Ecstatic," Tatum said with a smile, when asked how he felt about the game. "Forty points in the fourth quarter, guys made big shots, timely shots as well. And we won. I had a bad shooting night. I just tried to impact the game in other ways.
We're in the championship. We're in the Finals. All I was worried about was trying to get a win, and we did. That's all that matters at this point. So I don't expect to shoot that bad again. But if it means we keep winning, I'll take it."