N.B.A. Finals: How Boston Beat Golden State in Game 1.

N.B.A. Finals: How Boston Beat Golden State in Game 1.

Neither team were favored to get here — the Celtics, WGBH notes,

Neither team were favored to get here — the Celtics, WGBH notes,

With an ugly 20-21 record halfway through the season,

With an ugly 20-21 record halfway through the season,

And the Warriors were only the No. 3 seed in the West.

And the Warriors were only the No. 3 seed in the West.

But the Warriors were steady as they fought past Ja Morant's Memphis Grizzlies and Luka Doncic's Dallas Mavericks.

The Celtics, meanwhile, swept away the loaded Brooklyn Nets in the first round,

And demonstrated remarkable resilience against the Milwaukee Bucks and the Miami Heat,

NPR's Tom Goldman told Morning Edition.

NPR's Tom Goldman told Morning Edition.

They've won three elimination games, won seven games on the road — including last Sunday in Miami to clinch a spot in the finals,