The Boston Celtics took a 2-1 lead in the NBA Finals series after stunningly dominating the Golden State Warriors yet again. Game 3 ended with a huge lead by Boston in their homecourt.
The Celtics pulled off an impressive victory on Thursday night. Beating the Warriors by a score of 116-100.
Jaylen Brown and Jason Tatum were critical for their team’s victory. Brown scored 27 points while grabbing nine rebounds to go along with his five assists. At the same time, Tatum’s helped him and notched up 26 points and nine assists.
Stephen Curry didn’t disappoint with 31 points. But the Celtics’ defense made it difficult for Golden State – managing to snatch 16 ball possessions from the Warriors.
Marcus Smart ended with 24 points. Al Horford contributed by scoring 11 more points for the Celtics.
The Warriors’ Klay Thompson gave 25 points to his team, while Andrew Wiggins finished the game with 18 and rebounded the ball seven times.
Celtics have taken the lead in the finals – inching closer to the championship with only two more wins. Game 4 will be on the Boston homecourt this Friday.
“Game 2, they brought the heat to us. For us, that left a bad taste in our mouth because what we hang our hat on is an effort on the defensive end and being a physical team,” Marcus Smart told reporters after the game. “It definitely woke us up a little bit. We just wanted to come out, and if we were going to come out here and play, the last thing when we left that court, we didn’t want to say we weren’t physical enough.”
The Golden State Warriors are in a bit of rough shape as Curry was injured during Game 3.
“I know Steph is going to do everything he can in his power to play. I am really hoping he’s OK because he’s our identity, and without him, it will be very difficult,” Klay Thompson said in an interview.
The Golden State Warriors point guard says he will use his 48 hours to recover from injury but doesn’t believe that missing a game is likely.
“See how I feel tomorrow and get ready for Friday,” Curry said.