BOSTON (AP) — Bodies were strewn across the court with players diving for a stray ball late in Game 3 of the NBA Finals.
Golden State’s Stephen Curry limped off the pile.
Draymond Green got away with his sixth foul.
The Warriors’ last chance for a comeback win ended with 3½ minutes to go Wednesday night in a scrimmage that, like the game, went Boston’s way. Marcus Smart emerged with the ball and the Celtics held on to win 116-100 to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.
Golden State trailed up to 18 points in the first half, but it was a 12-point lead over Boston with about four minutes left when Jayson Tatum missed an 18-footer. The rebound was hit and three Celtics and two Warriors went to ground trying to secure the basketball.
The focus was on Curry, who when the players were separated remained on the ground wincing in pain.
Celtics center Al Horford rolled over Curry’s leg during the scrimmage – a play reminiscent of the teams’ regular season meeting in March, when Smart rolled over Curry’s ankle in a play that Warriors coach Steve Kerr called it “dangerous”.
Wednesday night’s fight ended with a foul from Green out of the game. He chewed on the ref while Curry stayed on the ground. Curry stayed in the game but after the teams traded baskets to leave Boston ahead by 14 points, Kerr emptied his bench.
Green was credited with bringing the Warriors back to the series with Game 2 at home. He came back with nine points, seven assists, five rebounds, one technical foul to set the tone for Golden State’s victory.
But he finished with just two points on Wednesday, as well as all six fouls and was not a major factor.
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