The Finals Stat, Game 3: Celtics dominate the paint

Boston dominates the paint early and often, outscoring Golden State 52-26, to secure a pivotal victory and gain control of the NBA Finals.

The Boston Celtics are back in control of the NBA Finals.

Now just two wins from championship No. 18 after a 116-100 victory over the Golden State Warriors in Game 3 on Wednesday.

The Celtics blew an 18-point advantage, but quickly responded after the Warriors took a brief lead midway through the third quarter.

9-2 runs to open the fourth gave Boston the separation that eventually led to a comfortable victory.

Jaylen Brown (27), Jayson Tatum (26), and Marcus Smart (24) combined for 77 points, and it was Golden State that had the bigger turnover problem on this night.

One stat stood out from the rest as the Celtics took a 2-1 series lead, with Game 4 on Friday (9 ET, ABC).

Both of these teams like to shoot 3s, but the team that’s had more points in the paint has won all three games in this series.