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Steph Curry hit a 27-foot three-pointer near the conclusion of the third quarter to put the Golden State Warriors ahead of the Boston Celtics for the first time since the first minute.
It was also the Warriors’ last lead, as they were defeated 116-100 by the Celtics, who had taken a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven NBA Finals series.
With four minutes left in the game, Curry tumbled to the floor in a struggle for a lost ball with Boston’s Al Horford, who rolled into Curry’s foot. It was a dreadful night for Golden State.
Despite being in excruciating pain on the floor, the Warriors’ talisman persisted in playing for another two minutes before exiting the court.
Klay Thompson, a fellow Splash Brother, remarked of Curry’s heroics, “Steph will do everything in his ability to play.” He also stated that Steph Curry represents the team’s identity and that it would be impossible to play without him.
Curry proved to be the Warriors’ sole threat to the Celtics’ potent defense, which showed its prowess late in the game by holding Golden State to 11 points in the fourth quarter.
He led the team in scoring 31 points on Wednesday, and Golden State will be hoping he recovers in time for Game 4.
Curry told reporters after the game, “Obviously, I’m in some discomfort, but I’ll be fine.” “Wait and see how I feel tomorrow, then prepare for Friday.”
“I don’t think I’ll have to miss a game.” I’ll make the most of the next 48 hours to prepare.”
In the first quarter, Boston jumped out to an early lead thanks to two three-pointers by Jaylen Brown, who led the Celtics with 27 points, nine rebounds, and five assists. Boston’s lead grew to 15 points in the second quarter, with the Celtics leading 33-22.
In the first half, the Warriors shot just 8-of-23, and their scrambling defense gave up repeated fouls, including three to Curry in the opening half. But, as has been the case so often this season, Golden State rallied in the third quarter and went on a 14-3 run, erasing the Celtics’ lead.
A third-quarter scoring explosion was enough to ensure the Dubs’ victory in Game 2, but the Celtics found a way to fight back this time. With an 11-6 rally, Boston retook the lead heading into the fourth inning and never trailed again.
Jayson Tatum, Marcus Smart, and Brown each had more than 20 points, five rebounds, and five assists, becoming the first trio of teammates to do so in an NBA Finals game since Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Michael Cooper of the Los Angeles Lakers in 1984 — a series that ended with a seven-game Celtics victory.
Will the outcome of the NBA Finals this year be similar to that of 1984? The fourth game, which is set to take place on Friday, will provide answers.