Carried by his Tatum-Brown-Smart trio, Boston led almost from start to finish in Game 3 of the NBA Finals against Golden State and won 116-100 at TD Garden. The Celtics now lead 2-1, heading into Game 4 on Friday.
Boston is halfway there! The Celtics won Game 2 of the NBA Finals against Golden State, and now lead 2-1 with two games left at home. In Match 3 this Wednesday, in front of the 19,156 fans gathered at TD Garden, the C’s delivered their most successful encounter of these Finals, winning 116-100 having led almost from start to finish. Boston came into their game much better than the Warriors, and at the end of the first quarter, the score was already 33-22, with 17 points from Jaylen Brown already. Opposite, Stephen Curry already had two fouls on his counter after six minutes of play, but Steve Kerr decided to leave him on the floor, even if it meant being pierced in defense.
The second quarter was first controlled by the C’s, who counted up to 18 points in advance, their biggest lead of the match (54-36, 18th). It was obviously what it took for the Warriors to finally enter their meeting, and they then signed an 8-0 in 40 seconds, with two three-point shots from Klay Thompson (who had found his address and finished the quarter with 10 points) and Stephen Curry (who committed his third foul in stride) and a dunk from Andrew Wiggins. Curry then put the Warriors at -7 on a lay-up, but the euphoria was short-lived and Boston managed the end of the quarter better, returning to the locker room leading 68-56, with two baskets from Marcus Smart. to finish.
Golden State passes in front…then collapses
As usual, the Californians upped the ante in the third quarter, winning 33-25. Even if they started badly, with Curry’s fourth foul on a 3-point shot from Smart, then a dunk from Brown (77-64, 27th), the Warriors then managed a short-lived festival, to pass (82-83, 33rd), thanks to long distance shots from Curry and Otto Porter Jr. But once again, Boston calmed the game and managed to regain its distance at the end of the quarter (93-89 ), with four points from Grant Williams. And while we could have hoped for a crazy last quarter between these two teams, that was not the case at all.
Jordan Poole started the quarter with a walk, Boston went 5-0, Curry lost three balls in three minutes, and the C’s gradually took off, widening the gap to win by sixteen points, against a bit individualistic Warriors who failed to break through this defense. It is therefore a second victory for Boston, which was able to count on its Brown-Tatum-Smart trio, who finished with respectively 27 points (but also 9 rebounds and 5 assists), 26 points (6 rebounds and 9 assists) and 24 points (7 rebounds and 5 assists)! Opposite, Curry finished with 31 points (6/11 to 3pts) and Klay Thompson with 25 (5/13 to 3pts), while Draymond Green missed his match: 2 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 6 faults! See you on Friday for match 4!
BASKETBALL – NBA / PLAY-OFFS 2022
GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS (3) – BOSTON CELTICS (2): 1-2
Match 1 – Golden State Warriors- Boston Celtics : 108-120
Match 2 – Golden State Warriors –Boston Celtics: 107-88
Match 3 – Boston Celtics – Golden State Warriors: 116-100
Game 4 on Friday, June 10 in Boston
Game 5 Monday, June 13 in San Francisco
Game 6 (if necessary) Thursday, June 16 in Boston
Game 7 (if necessary) on Sunday, June 19 in San Francisco