The The Boston Celtics, with a tremendous team performance, led by Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum and Marcus Smart, raised their voices at their home, the TD Garden, and won 116-100 this Wednesday. rcoles to the Golden State Warriorsin Game 3 of the NBA Finals to take a 2-1 lead. Ime Udoka's team, who had paid for the 18 lost balls with a heavy defeat in the second game, limited them. to 12 on the night in the Garden, in which Al Horford and Robert Williams dominated in the paint and helped the Celtics capture 58 rebounds, leaving only 38 to their rivals.
Brown scored. 27 points, 17 of them in the first quarter, with 9 rebounds and 6 assists, Jayson Tatum contributed. 26 points, with 6 rebounds and 9 assists, while Smart finished. with 24 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. The three stars stood out for their great numbers, but in this triumph it weighed heavily. Horford's contribution of character, explained only partially by his 11 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists, as well as his 11 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. like that of Robert Williams, who collected 10 rebounds and 'cleaned up' the paint with 4 shots.
The 31 points from Steph Curry, with 6 triples, were not enough for the Warriors, nor were the 25 and 5 triples from Klay Thompson, who increased his score. notably his shooting percentages, no prize for Steve Kerr's team. Andrew Wiggins contributed 18 points and 7 rebounds on a night that Draymond Green failed to score. be decisive and only ended with 2 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists, ending his game with six fouls with four minutes remaining.
Brown, 17 points in the first quarter
Jaylen Brown had warned that his priority was to get on the court to play, without paying attention to rival pressures or provocations, and his start could not have been better. started with two consecutive triples and taught He led the way to the Celtics with 17 points in the first quarter, going 3-for-4 on 3-pointers. In a completely green-tinted Garden, and starved for glory after a twelve-year wait to see their team again in a Finals, Brown and Horford dominated the early stages. The Dominican, the first NBA finalist in his country, was brilliant. with great defensive work and a powerful mate for 26-11.
Superior on both sides of the court, dominant on the court and forceful with the ball in their hands, the Celtics escaped to an 18-point margin at 54-36, led by a Tatum what marked or attended in 12 points in a row from his team.
Sparks fly with Green
Steve Kerr asked for dead time to reorganize the ideas of his team. And despite the obvious early struggles, the Warriors showed off the stripes of a franchise that has been in six of the last eight Finals, winning three of the previous five. It didn't take long in jumping the first spark with Draymond Green, rebuked all night by the fans of the Garden. An irregular contact by Grant Williams increased the The tension eased and the Warriors, to the rhythm of Wiggins, Klay Thompson and Curry, took a few seconds to signal their rivals. Curry himself placed He put his team 7 points behind and it was to the credit of the competitiveness of Horford and Brown if the Celtics managed to stop that reaction and go into the break with 12 valuable points to win (68-56) .
The power in the paint, with 24 rebounds to 14, of which 8 to 4 offensive, rewarded Udoka's men, who touched 60% in shots at the halfway point of the match and who had 68 points at halftime after scoring 88 in the entire second game at the Chase Center. But when that scoring rhythm stalled, the Warriors jumped at the chance to reopen the game with a 12-0 run led by Curry, with a blatant four-point play by Horford that gave the Warriors Californians the first advantage in 83-82.
The Celtics stop the comeback
The Celtics went almost three minutes without scoring and against a Warriors in which Curry continued to delve into the rivals' wounds with pleasure, without letting himself be affected by foul problems, and four with more than nine minutes left in the game. the third period. Marcus Smart and Grant Williams contained that push and kept their team ahead (93-89) until the fourth period. Considered 8 of 32 in the partial, it was a victory for Udoka's men. He kept them confident and encouraged to face the decisive set, in which he emerged the competitive soul of the locals.
The 9-2 to open the final quarter, with triples by Smart and a tremendous commitment in the fight in the paint, returned to the spotlight. to charge the Garden with enthusiasm and to put double digits of distance with the Warriors. The Celtics never gave up fighting for divided balls and in one of them, Horford provoked the ball. Green's sixth foul, whose game was over. with 4.07 on the clock. The Garden celebrated He pulled him off the track as much as he did, seconds later, when Al Horford offered up. Robert Williams the alley-oop of 112-98 that the sentence meant.