Boston Celtics win Game 3 of NBA Finals, 116-100 over Golden State Warriors.
Boston responded quickly to lose an 18-point lead halfway through the third quarter...
Their biggest turnover problem came in the fourth, when they went up 9-2. ...
...as Jaylen Brown (27), Jayson Tatum (26), and Marcus Smart (24) combined for 77 points.
There's no team against the Warriors that has a larger differential than the Celtics.
Before Wednesday, the Warriors ranked fifth in points-in-the-paint differential in the playoffs at +5.2 per game.
They outscored Boston 40-24 in the paint in Game 2, and Boston ranked ninth at -3.5 points per game in the postseason.
Celtics' dominance in the paint was evident early and often. In the first quarter, they were up 14-6 and in the second,
they were up 18-10. By halftime, they had more points in the paint (32) than they did in the entire second half of Game 2.
Second Spectrum data shows the Celtics had 57 drives in Game 3, up from 47 in Games 1 and 2.
Tatum led the Warriors with 18 drives. Brown scored 10 points in the paint.
The Celtics also dominated the boards. Their offensive rebounding percentage of 40.8% topped the league.
...second-highest tally of the playoffs, and it was the second highest defensive rebounding percentage against the Warriors.
Boston outscored Golden State 22-11 on second-chance points. Dominance in the paint is a double whammy.
In 26 minutes and 22 minutes, he scored 10 points in the paint and blocked four Warriors' shots.
As a result, the Warriors have attempted 24 field-goals in the paint, the fourth-lowest total of the season.
Both of these teams like to shoot 3s, but in these three games, the team that scored more points in the paint has won.