Celtics endure Warriors’ feared 3rd-quarter run, pull away late for 2-1 series edge
The Boston Celtics capped off their first NBA Finals home game in 12 years at the TD Garden with a 116-100 blowout against the Golden State Warriors for a 2-1 series lead on Wednesday, June 8 (Thursday, June 9, Manila time).
Three Celtics scored at least 20 points in the balanced attack, led by Jaylen Brown’s 27 points on 9-of-16 shooting and 4-of-8 from three to go with 9 rebounds, and 5 assists. Fellow All-Star Jayson Tatum was right behind him with 26 points, 9 dimes, and 6 boards, while Defensive Player of the Year Marcus Smart scored 24.
Stephen Curry led all scorers in the loss with 31 points, while Klay Thompson and Andrew Wiggins chipped in 25 and 18 points, respectively, to pace the Warriors’ feared third-quarter rally that ultimately fell short.
With the best-of-seven series tied at one game apiece, the 2022 NBA Finals showdown between the Golden State Warriors and the Boston Celtics heats up as both teams clash for Game 3 on Wednesday, June 8 (Thursday, June 9, Manila time).
Curry filled up the stat sheet for the Warriors in their 19-point win, tallying a game-high 29 points, to go along with 6 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals.
Count on Curry, who is averaging 31.5 points in this year’s finals, to continue his stellar play and show the way for the Warriors anew as they shoot for a 2-1 lead.
Meanwhile, look for Curry’s ‘splash brother’ Klay Thompson to finally break out of his shooting slump as he is averaging just 13 points on 26.7% shooting from three-point land.
On the other side, Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum, who are putting up 20.5 and 20 points, respectively, will have to increase their scoring numbers for the Celtics in order to keep in step with the red-hot Warriors and protect their home floor.
Al Horford, who emerged as the hero in Boston’s Game 1 victory, should also bounce back from his lackluster performance in Game 2 and help Brown and Tatum carry the Celtics’ scoring cudgels.
Game time is 9 am.