In the 2022 NBA Finals, the Boston Celtics have retaken the lead over the Golden State Warriors. The Celtics pulled away from the Warriors in Game 3 on Wednesday night, winning 116-100 at home for the first time in the series. With a 2-1 lead in the Finals, Boston held off a third-quarter rally from Golden State before putting the game away in the fourth. The Celtics were paced by Jaylen Brown (27 points), Jayson Tatum (26) and Marcus Smart (24 points), who combined for 77 points in the first half.
Stephen Curry led the Warriors to a brief lead with a game-high 31 points on 12-of-22 shooting, including 15 in the third quarter. Klay Thompson scored 25 points in his best game of the series, but it wasn’t enough. Before fouling out in the fourth quarter, Draymond Green struggled, scoring just two points and adding three assists.
Following a playoff loss, Boston is presently 7-0. Golden State, however, is unblemished after a loss in the 2022 postseason, and the Warriors have won at least one road game in each of their previous 26 playoff series. Game 4 will take place in Boston on Friday night.