Celtics Secure Gritty Victory Over Reigning Champions Golden State in Finals Rematch, Bulls Win in Paris
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The Boston Celtics secured a gritty 121-118 victory over the Golden State Warriors in Boston on Thursday.
Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown came alive late for the Celtics, whose eighth straight win - this one against the team that bested them in last season's NBA Finals - pushed their league-leading record to 34-12.
The game was a Finals rematch as the Warriors had defeated the Celtics in the Finals last year. The Warriors took a 55-54 lead on Stephen Curry's shot from the half-court logo at the
halftime buzzer, but the Celtics fought back and managed to secure the win in overtime. Tatum scored 34 points with a career-high 19 rebounds, and Brown finished with 16 points
including 12 in the fourth quarter and overtime.
The defeat was another road blow for the Warriors, who fell to 22-23 overall and 5-18 on the road.
They have yet to beat a team with a winning record on the road this season.
In addition to the Boston vs Golden State game, the league also held a game in Paris where the Chicago Bulls defeated the Detroit Pistons 126-108.
DeMar DeRozan, who returned from injury, scored 26 points for the Bulls and Zach LaVine led all scorers with 30 points.
The game was held in the French capital, which hosted its second regular-season game after debuting on the NBA calendar in 2020.
The game was attended by past NBA greats including Magic Johnson and France's Tony Parker, as well as celebrity spectators like rapper Lil Baby and music producer Pharrell Williams. The Pistons guard Killian Hayes, who grew up in France, received a thunderous ovation when
the starters were introduced, but the 21-year-old endured a difficult night, dishing out eight assists but scoring just four points with as many fouls.