Golden State Warriors even NBA Finals at 1-1 after demolishing Boston Celtics in Game 2

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It was an extremely tight first half at the Chase Center as the Warriors took the first and second quarter by a single point, however, they stretched their lead with a superb third and were able to fend off a similar comeback their opponents made in Game 1. Curry had a huge night and was comfortably the player of the game, dropping 29 points in total, including an impressive 14 in the third quarter. That quarter ended in the best way possible for Golden State with Jordan Poole catching fire, draining some huge threes, including a buzzer beater from half-court that got the Warriors bench up on their feet and on the court to celebrate. The Warriors ended the third on a 19-2 run and that was the difference in the end.

Poole had 17 in total as Steve Kerr was able to empty his bench relatively early on. It was a rough night for Klay Thompson who shot 21.1 per cent from the field and 12.5 per cent from three, only making one of his eight 3-pointers.

As always Draymond Green showed his leadership and Gary Payton II made a welcome return - his first appearance since injuring his elbow in Game 2 of the Western Conference semi-finals.

It wasn't a great night for any of the Celtics' starters barring Jayson Tatum, who had 28, including six 3-pointers.

Jaylen Brown had 17 but only made five of his 17 field goals. After dropping 26 in Game 1, Al Horford only scored two points, as did Defensive Player of the Year, Marcus Smart.

Both teams shot 15/37 from deep and the Celtics had one more rebound and one less assist and free throw made, so the game was tight in that respect, however, the Warriors made nine more field goals.

"Yeah, Steph was breathtaking in that (third) quarter," said Warriors coach Kerr. "Not just the shot-making but the defensive effort. He just doesn't get enough credit for his level of conditioning, physicality and defense.

"People go at him to try to wear him down because they know how important he is to us offensively, and it's pretty dramatic the difference in Steph's strength and physicality in his body now than from eight years ago when I first got here.

"So the guy's amazing. He just keeps working on his game, his strength, his conditioning year after year, and it's a pleasure to watch him play every night."

Warriors center Kevon Looney - who had 12 points on the night - said after the game: "Guys are going to try to be physical with him, but he's been used to it. He's a lot stronger than he used to be. He knows that sometimes he's going to have to sacrifice, not get as many looks sometimes to find us, and I think he did a good job of balancing out today." Game 3 is at the TD Garden on Wednesday night.

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