Celtics Show Strength in Game 3

06/09/2022 Celtics Show Strength in Game 3

By: Jeff Yoder

Boston Backcourt Shines as Celtics Pull Away From Warriors in 4th Quarter (116-100)

Another double-digit scoreline in the NBA Finals? All three games have been decided by double figures, and Game 3 belonged to Boston in the 4th quarter. The Celtics — after surrendering a 12-point halftime lead in the 3rd — bounced back to hold Golden State to just 11 points in the 4th. The Celtics trio of Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart all had 20-5-5 nights in a historic outing. Brown (27) did most of his damage in the first half with 22 before the break. Steph Curry (31) and Klay Thompson (25) were firing from 3-point land, but Draymond Green (2 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists) was non-existent before fouling out. Game 3 belonged to Boston, and the series leans in favor of the Celtics. BOS Leads (2-1)


Fun Fact: Teams who take a 2-1 lead in the NBA Finals go on to win 82% of the time.


Boston Backcourt Trio

J. Brown: 27 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists

J. Tatum: 26 points, 6 rebounds, 9 assists

M. Smart: 24 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists


Watch: Celtics Pace Warriors in Game 3 (116-100)


Additional Storylines

The Athletic: How the Celtics Defeated the Warriors in Game 3

SI: Inside the Celtics’ Dramatic Turnaround From Under .500 to NBA Finals

B/R: What Are Celtics & Warriors Do-Or-DIe Finals Lineups Right Now?


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