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The Boston Celtics put on an impressive performance to take a 2-1 lead in the NBA Final series.
The game, which took place at the TD Garden in Boston on Thursday night, ended with a big lead by the Celtics, 116-100.
Jaylen Brown put on a performance for the ages against his team’s rival, scoring 27 points with nine rebounds and five assists. Jason Tatum also delivered 26 points to go alongside his nine assists.
Stephen Curry had another record-breaking game for the Warriors, but it was not enough to take down Boston. The tight defense from the Celtics caused the Warriors 16 turnovers which led to their loss even with Curry scoring 31 points.
Marcus Smart and Al Horford proved to be a good tandem as well, scoring 24 points and 11, respectively.
Klay Thompson gave 25 points to the Warriors, while Andrew Wiggins finished with 18 points and seven rebounds.
The Boston Celtics are now just two wins away from snatching the NBA championship. The teams will play Game four of the NBA Finals on Friday on Boston homecourt.
“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 said during a post-game interview. “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.”
With Curry injured after Game 3, the Warriors are struggling to find their footing.
Klay Thompson, Curry’s shooting partner, said, “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.”
Curry told reporters that he would use his 48 hours to recover from the injury. The Warriors forward further told reporters that he doesn’t anticipate missing any games.
“See how I feel tomorrow and get ready for Friday,” said Curry to reporters.
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