Golden State Warriors star guard Stephen Curry admitted blowing a big lead in Game 1 versus the Boston Celtics wasn't ideal but he is confident he and his teammates can respond. On Thursday night, the Warriors hosted the Celtics in Game 1 of the NBA Finals.
The Warriors appeared to be cruising toward a Game 1 victory as they were up by 12 after the first three quarters. In the fourth quarter, the Warriors suffered a stunning collapse as the Celtics won the quarter 40-14 and claimed a 120-108 victory.
Curry scored a game-high 34 points and also had five rebounds and five assists. "It's not ideal," Curry said, per ESPN. "But I believe in who we are and how we deal with adversity, how we responded all year, how we've responded in the playoffs after a loss.
So learn a lot from that fourth quarter."
Curry: We have to respond
Curry is well-aware that the Warriors can't allow the Celtics to win Game 2 and take a 2-0 lead to Boston. "We know they are a good team," Curry added.
"So are we. We have to respond on Sunday." After losing Game 1, the Warriors didn't hide their disappointment. "Obviously everybody is down," Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said. "You want to go out and win the first one. We had every opportunity, 12-point lead going into the fourth.
Guys are bummed, as you would expect. But it's a seven-game series for a reason. I think you give Boston credit. They came in and earned the win. Played a great fourth quarter. We'll come in, watch the film and see where we can get better, and you know, it's one game." On Thursday night, the Warriors dropped their first home game this postseason.
The Warriors will now be hoping to win Game 2 and tie the series to one win apiece. It remains to be seen if th Warriors can bounce back and win Game 2.