Celtics avoided the third-quarter meltdown that killed them in Game 2 of the series. They were outscored 33-25

yet they led by five points going into the fourth quarter. The Celtics were led to victory by Jaylen Brown's

27 points (17 of which came in the first quarter) and Jayson Tatum's 26 points despite shooting just 3-9

from beyond the arc. During the first two games of this series, Robert Williams had struggled. On Wednesday night

however it didn't appear like his surgically repaired knee was bothering him. He scored eight points, but his 10

rebounds (seven on defence) and four blocks helped the Celtics score 52 points in the paint. This time, the Celtics didn't

let Draymond Green, Golden State's resident troublemaker, get under their skin. Green just had two points, and when he

fouled out with 4:07 left in the fourth quarter, the TD Garden crowd was ecstatic to see him go. Stephen Curry

scored 31 points on 12-22 shooting to lead all scorers. Klay Thompson scored 25 points, seven of them on 13

three-point tries, in his finest game of the series so far (the most of any player).  It was the Garden's first NBA Finals

game since 2010. On Friday, Game 4 will be played here again. After spending the previous two days fielding doubts