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Boston Celtics power to 2-1 lead in NBA Finals despite Steph Curry’s 31-point display

Boston Celtics lead 2-1 in NBA Finals despite Steph Curry’s 31-point display, as stifling defensive moves yield two wins of record 18th championship

  • Golden State Warriors had tied the series at 1-1 before the first outing
  • In front of a raucous home crowd, Boston Celtics took control of the NBA Finals
  • Steph Curry had a game-high 31 points, but in the end the Celtics came home
  • But the Warriors had no answer to Boston center Robert Williams

The Boston Celtics passed the Golden State Warriors with a score of 116-100 and took a 2-1 lead in game three of the NBA Finals series.

The Warriors were unable to carry enough of the momentum from their completion of leveling to 1-1 in the second final to take third.

A nine-point Warrior run in the first quarter put them one point behind, but the Celtics dominated the rest of the first half and went into halftime with a 12-point lead at 56-68.

Steph Curry ended up on the losing side with the Golden State Warriors despite 31 points

Steph Curry ended up on the losing side with the Golden State Warriors despite 31 points

Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum was impressive for the home crowd

Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum was impressive for the home crowd

Curry smiles despite the loss and the Warriors will now have to regroup for Game Four

Curry smiles despite the loss and the Warriors will now have to regroup for Game Four

They took a short lead in the third quarter with 83-82, but were soon knocked back for a final score of 116-100.

Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart together for 77 points.

Brown scored 17 points in the first quarter and the Celtics shot 57% from the floor in the first half to go into halftime with 12.

The Warriors came out in the third quarter and briefly took the lead on a three-pointer from Steph Curry, who had a high 31 point game.

But the Celtics used their superior size to dominate the glass, while their stifling defense led to 16 Golden State turnovers.

The Celtics are chasing record 18th NBA Championship and looking like they have the power

The Celtics are chasing record 18th NBA Championship and looking like they have the power

“I wanted to impose my will on the game and be aggressive,” said Tatum, who finished with 26 points and nine assists.

“Whether I miss shots or not, I keep playing. My teammates believe in me to make the right play to get the best shot. All that matters is that we got the win.’

The Warriors, who collapsed in Game One in the fourth quarter before responding with a blowout win in Game Two, struggled to match Boston’s physique.

A positive sign for the Warriors was that Klay Thompson, who had poor shooting performance in the first two games of the series, came alive on Wednesday and scored 25 points.

But the Warriors had no answer to Boston center Robert Williams, who grabbed 10 rebounds and helped the Celtics beat the Warriors 52-26 in the paint.

Jaylen Brown dunks and scores in first half during game three at TD Garden

Jaylen Brown dunks and scores in first half during game three at TD Garden

Boston Celtics center Robert Williams typified his team's defensive efforts on the field

Boston Celtics center Robert Williams typified his team’s defensive efforts on the field

“He’s on the edge on both sides,” Tatum said of Williams.

“He’s one of the best shot competitors in the league, and you have to respect him on the rim as a lob threat. He puts so much pressure on the defense just by being there.”

Tatum said the Celtics should be wary of the veteran Warriors, who are facing their sixth final in eight years.

“We’re going to watch the film, build this up and prepare for the next one because we know they’re going to come out extra aggressive and better prepared,” he said.

The Celtics are now two wins away from a record 18th NBA Championship, with Game Four set for Friday in Boston.

A Game Four win would only keep the Celtics one win from the Championship

A Game Four win would only keep the Celtics one win from the Championship

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