Boston dominated early and often the Paints, beating Golden State 52-26 to secure a crucial victory and gain control of the NBA Finals.

The Celtics dominated the paint and controlled the pace to win a crucial game 3 for a 2-1 series.

Full coverage: 2022 NBA Finals-BOSTON - The Boston Celtics are back in control of the NBA Finals, with just two wins from Championship No. 18 after a 116-100 win over Golden State Warriors in Game 3 on Wednesday.

The Celtics blew an 18-point advantage, but the Warriors reacted quickly after taking a short lead in the middle of the third quarter.

And a 9-2 run to open the fourth gave Boston a break that eventually led to a comfortable win. Jaylen Brown (27), Jayson Tatum (26) and Marcus Smart (24) combined for 77 points, and the biggest turnover problem tonight was Golden State.

> Game 3 box score On Friday (9 ET, ABC) the Celtics took a 2-1 series lead with Game 4, a status different from the rest.

Game 3 GSW BOS Points -100- 116 Property -94- 95 OFRTG 106.4 -122.1 eFG% 55.8% -55.6% FTA / FGA 0.192- 0.270 From 18.1% to 12.6% OREB% 19.0% -40.8%

OffRtg = Points scored per 100 possessions eFG% = (FGM + (0.5 * 3PM)) / FGA TO% = Turnovers per 100 possessions OREB% = % of available offensive rebounds obtained

The stat 26 — Points-in-the-paint differential (52-26) in Game 3. This is the second-biggest difference of the Celtics season and tied for the second-biggest difference for any team against the Warriors this season.

Prior to Wednesday, the Warriors were fifth in the play-off point-in-the-paint differential + 5.2 per game and they beat Boston 40-24 in Paint in their Game 2 win. With that, Boston is ninth in Paint-3.5 points per game in the post-season.

The dominance of the Celtics in paint came early and often. It was 14-6 in the first quarter and 18-10 in the second. At half time, their paint (32) had more points than all of Game 2 (24).

According to Second Spectrum Tracking, the Celtics had 3 drives in Game 3, more than 47 in both 1 and 2 games, and 22 more than the Warriors Wednesday (35).

Like any other Warriors player, Tatum had a drive (18). Brown, Smart and Tatum all registered 10 points in the paint, while Al Harford made eight.