BOSTON (CBS SF) — Jaylen Brown scored 27 points, Jason Tatum added 26, leading the Boston Celtics to a 116-100 NBA Finals Game 3 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night.
Marcus Smart added 24 points as the Celtics took a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series with Game 4 scheduled for Friday night in Boston.
After being left in double digits for much of the first half, the Warriors came back into the game in the third quarter behind the “Splash Brothers” – Klay Thompson and Steph Curry.
On a 7-point possession basis with 4:35 to go into the quarter, Golden State came in a run at 83-82, then took their first lead since the game’s opening minute off a Curry three-pointer.
Curry scored 15 in the quarter, Thompson added 10 points as the Warriors defeated Boston 33-25 in the stanza, but still trailed 93-89 heading into the fourth quarter.
The Warriors turned the ball six times in the fourth quarter, while the Celtics ramped up their intensity on defense to thaw the game.
Curry finished with 31 points, but appeared to have suffered an injury midway through the fourth quarter as he searched for a loose ball.
Thompson finished with 25 points.
After collapsing in the face of Warriors intensity in their Game 2 loss, Boston came out of the opening tip with a goal. They shot 57.4% percent from the field and Golden State rebounded 24-14 in the first half.
Draymond Green was a non-factor who went goalless in the half and only had 3 rebounds and 2 assists.
As much as they struggled on defense, the Warriors’ offense, fueled by Thompson’s 15 points, Curry’s 14 and Andrew Wiggins 13 points, kept them at striking distance, including a 37-second burst in which they scored 8 points.
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