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Boston Celtics stun Golden State Warriors yet again after snatching victory in Game 3 of the 2022 NBA Finals. The Celtics are now leading the series, 2-1.
The match, held at the TD Garden in Boston on Thursday, Massachusetts, ended with a big lead by the Celtics, 116-100.
Jaylen Brown’s exemplary performance helped the team secure another win from their rival, scoring 27 points, getting nine rebounds, and five assists. Jason Tatum also delivered 26 points and nine assists.
Meanwhile, Stephen Curry did not disappoint after scoring 31 points – another record for the Warriors point guard. However, the tight defense from the Celtics caused the Warriors to give 16 ball possessions to their opponent.
Marcus Smart and Al Horford contributed 24 points and 11 points, respectively.
For the Warriors, Klay Thompson gave 25 points to his team, while Andrew Wiggins finished the game with 18 points and seven rebounds.
With their win, the Boston Celtics are only two wins away from owning the championship. Game 4 of the NBA Finals will still be in Boston 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,” said Marcus Smart 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 Warriors are in a slump as Curry has been injured during the game.
“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,” said Klay Thompson.
However, in an interview, Curry said that he would use his 48 hours to recuperate. According to the point guard, he doesn’t feel like he’ll miss a game.
“See how I feel tomorrow and get ready for Friday,” Curry told reporters.
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