Warriors trounce Celtics to even series

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Stephen Curry scored 29 points and Jordan Poole connected from just inside of midcourt to cap a huge third-quarter as the Golden State Warriors beat the Boston Celtics 107-88 to even the NBA Finals at a game apiece.

Poole finished with 17 points for the Warriors, who outscored Boston 35-14 in the third quarter to turn a two-point halftime lead into a 23-point edge.

When the Warriors scored the first six points of the fourth, the Celtics waved the surrender flag and emptied their bench.

"I thought everybody was more engaged," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said after his team improved to 5-0 after a loss in these playoffs.

"It's pretty obvious. Just our level of force and physicality was ramped up quite a bit, and it had to be."

Golden State also had 12 points from Kevon Looney on 6-for-6 shooting, and 11 apiece from Andrew Wiggins and Klay Thompson.

"We said we needed to play with desperation," Curry said. "That's what we did."

Jayson Tatum scored 21 of his 28 points in the first half for Boston. Jaylen Brown added 17 for the Celtics, but fought through a 5-for-17 shooting night, and Derrick White scored 12.

Just like in Game 1 - when the Celtics went on a 48-18 run in the second half - a huge run decided the match.

The Warriors didn't wait as long in Game 2, going on a 43-14 burst from late in the first half until early in the fourth quarter to turn a tie game into an absolute runaway.

Game 3 is Wednesday in Boston.

Curry had 14 of his points in the third, making three of his five 3-pointers in the quarter. Boston were 4 for 15 in the quarter, were outscored 21-6 on three-pointers and let the Warriors turn five turnovers into 11 points.

"Steph was breathtaking in that quarter," Kerr said.

Poole provided the exclamation point as the third quarter closed, taking a pass in the final seconds, dribbling over the midcourt stripe, creating a bit of space for himself and letting fly, incredibly making the basket.

Curry greeted him with a smile and a hug, the fans at Chase Centre leapt to their feet -- if they weren't on them already -- and the outcome was decided right there.

The Celtics turned a 15-point third-quarter deficit into a 15-point fourth-quarter lead in Game 1, but that wasn't happening again on Sunday.

Boston coach Ime Udoka even picked up a technical in an effort to show his displeasure with things, including whistles or lack thereof.

"I just let them now how I felt throughout the game in a demonstrative way, on purpose, to get a technical," Udoka said.

All is not lost for Boston. The Celtics need to only win their remaining home games to become champions, though that won't be easy against a Warriors team that has won at least one road game in an NBA-record 26 consecutive playoff series.

"I think the deeper you get in the playoffs, the better the competition, the better the defence," Kerr said.

"So you have to adjust. You've got to figure out how to attack, and you have to do that as a team. You have to do that individually, too."

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