Ime Udoka, the head coach of the Boston Celtics, had a straightforward message for his team after it enabled the Golden State Warriors to come back from a double-digit deficit in Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday.
Udoka instructed the Celtics to "stop playing like assh—es" during a timeout after the team made a sequence of turnovers against the Warriors, according to Steve Bulpett of Heavy.com.
The Celtics looked at ease right away in front of their home crowd as the series shifted to TD Garden for the first time on Wednesday. They went on to win 116-100 after leading by as many as 18 points midway through the second quarter.
The Warriors went on a tremendous run in the third quarter, like they have done throughout the series. After Jayson Tatum's three with 6:14 left in the third gave the Celtics an 82-71 advantage, they went three minutes without scoring.
During that time, the Warriors went on a 12-0 run, including a seven-point possession following Al Horford's Flagrant 1 foul on Stephen Curry.
Boston fought back by dominating the fourth quarter, especially on defence. Over the final 12 minutes, the Warriors were restricted to 11 points.
Golden State has scored fewer than 20 points in the fourth quarter for the second time in the series (16 in Game 1).
At least 24 points were scored by Tatum, Marcus Smart, and Jaylen Brown. They combined for 19 assists on 10-of-24 shooting from beyond the arc. In the game, the Celtics recorded 12 turnovers, but only one in the fourth quarter.
Curry had a great night, scoring 31 points on 12-of-22 shooting, but he didn't have much help from his teammates.
Andrew Wiggins made just one of six shots from beyond the arc. Klay Thompson led all scorers with 25 points, but he went scoreless in the fourth quarter.
When the Celtics face the Warriors in Game 4 on Friday at 9 p.m. ET, they will aim to take a 3-1 series lead.