NBA Finals: Celtics take a 2-1 lead over Warriors

BOSTON, Massachusetts - June 08: Grant Williams of the Boston Celtics celebrated his three-point basketball with teammate Jillian Brown # 7 in the third quarter against the Golden State Warriors during the three games of the 2022 NBA Finals at TD Garden, 1222 in Boston, Mass. 2022.  Note to the user: The user expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and / or using this photograph, the user agrees to the terms of the Getty Images License Agreement.  ELSA / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP

Grant Williams # 12 of the Boston Celtics celebrated his three-point basketball with teammate Jillian Brown # 7 in the third quarter against the Golden State Warriors during 3 games of the 2022 NBA Finals at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts on June 08, 2022. Elsa / Getty Images / AFP

Jaylen Brown scored 27 points and Jayson Tatum added 26 to give the Boston Celtics a 116-100 win over the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday and a 2-1 lead in the NBA Finals.

Marcus Smart added 24 points for the Celtics, who led 18 in the first half at TD Garden.

They made another third-quarter rise from the Warriors, who took a brief one-point lead for the Celtics to pull off late for a believable win.

Boston, seeking a record 18th NBA title, hosted the top four games in seven series on Friday.

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