Fans erupt over NBA Finals furore as Warriors run riot in Game 2

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Golden State tied the NBA Finals at 1-1, despite forward Draymond Green earning an early technical foul and almost being ejected from the game. Pictures: Getty Images
Golden State tied the NBA Finals at 1-1, despite forward Draymond Green earning an early technical foul and almost being ejected from the game. Pictures: Getty Images

The Golden State Warriors ran away with game two to tie the NBA series at 1-1, but Boston Celtics fans were furious after enigmatic forward Draymond Green managed to avoid being thrown out.

On the back of a lights out shooting performance in the third quarter, capped by a Jordan Poole buzzer-beater from just in front of half court, the Warriors claimed a 107-88 win as the series heads to Boston.

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Green was at the centre of controversy early in the game when he picked up a technical foul for some excessive backchat to the referees.

Known for playing on something of a knife's edge, Green's physical play and constant trash talk had proved irritating for the Celtics, but never more so than mid-way through the second quarter.

Green fouled Celtics wing Jaylen Brown on a three point shot, but the Warriors star's legs landed on Brown's head and shoulders, much to his dismay.

The pair got up and had to be quickly separated by teammates and officials before it was eventually determined that there would only be a common foul on the play.

Fans were unhappy that Green got leeway from the officials for an incident many, including NBA commentator Jeff van Gundy, would ordinarily warrant a double technical.

While some argued it was better for referees to use discretion and only throw a player out for an offence that is worthy of it, others felt boundaries were being pushed too far.

Green finished with nine points, five rebounds and seven assists as the Warriors bounced back from Friday's shock loss in game one.

Steph Curry dominated for the Warriors with 29 points, while Boston's Jayson Tatum had 28 of his own after scoring just 13 in the game one victory.

Warriors level NBA Finals with commanding game two performance

The first half was a tight and physical arm-wrestle interlaced with scoring outbursts from both teams, but it was the third quarter when the Warriors struck.

Led by Curry and Poole, the Warriors embarked on a 38-14 third quarter that put them in a commanding position heading into the fourth.

Poole capped a 19-2 run over the final 4:32 of the third quarter with a buzzer-beating heave near midcourt to give the Warriors a 23-point lead heading into the fourth quarter.

He was only 1-of-5 with a 3-pointer at halftime with the Warriors holding a slim two-point lead, but finished with 17 points and five triples.

Steph Curry dominated game two of the NBA Finals to tie the series at one game apiece. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Steph Curry dominated game two of the NBA Finals to tie the series at one game apiece. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

The Celtics came out with a punch, as Tatum and Jaylen Brown led a two-pronged attack in the first half. Tatum, who was held to 12 points in Game 1, scored 21 in the first half Sunday.

The last Celtics player to score more than 20 points in a half was Ray Allen in 2010.

Turnovers hurt the Celtics throughout the game as they committed 18. Players outside of Tatum and Brown also struggled after a standout Game 1.

Marcus Smart, Al Horford and Robert Williams each scored two points. Derrick White had 12 off the bench.

Both teams shot 40.5% from beyond the arc, but the Celtics’ 2-point shooting hurt them (34.9%).

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