NBA Finals: Jaylen Brown, Celtics respond with force in Game 3 victory over Warriors

The Celtics punched back at their bullies in Game 3 of the NBA Finals.

Boston's 16-rebound edge on the glass was evidence of a forceful response to the

Golden State Warriors' blowout victory in Game 2, while Jaylen Brown, Jayson

Tatum and Marcus Smart combined for 77 points in a 116-100 victory.

The Celtics take a 2-1 lead in the series ahead of a home Game 4 on Friday at 9 p.m. ET.

Stephen Curry led the Warriors with 31 points in defeat before leaving with an apparent foot injury with two minutes left in the fourth quarter.

Golden State does not anticipate updating his status until Thursday.

Klay Thompson added 25 points in a bounce-back game for Golden State.

Draymond Green, whose intensity propelled the Warriors to victory on Sunday, fouled out with two points and four rebounds in 35 minutes.