Watch: Jaylen Brown punches home 15-point lead for Celtics with explosive slam dunk 

Watch: Jaylen Brown punches home the 15-point lead for Celtics with an explosive slam dunk (Phot from NBA.com)
Watch: Jaylen Brown punches home the 15-point lead for Celtics with an explosive slam dunk (Phot from NBA.com)

The Boston Celtics turned things around in the third quarter of Game 3 of the NBA Finals with All-Star guard Jaylen Brown punctuating their explosive run with a nasty throwdown.

Trailing the Dallas Mavericks 51-50 by the halftime break, the visiting Celtics, outscored the hosts 35-19 in the third canto to take a 15-point lead heading into the final 12 minutes.

Jaylen Brown led the charge for his team, scoring 15 of the team's total, the last two an explosive slam dunk in the paint with 6.6 seconds left in the third.

Check out Brown throwing down the hammer below:

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Jaylen Brown and the Celtics continued to pound on the Mavericks, opening the first minute of the fourth quarter with a 6-0 run to extend their lead to 21 points, 91-70.

Jayson Tatum was leading the way for Boston by that point with 27 points, with Brown backstopping him with 24 points and eight assists.

Luka Doncic, meanwhile, had 27 points for the Mavericks while Kyrie Irving had 26.

Boston is looking to go 3-0 up in the series after taking the first two games at home.

Jaylen Brown says adversities made him better

The All-Star forward has had his ups and downs in his NBA journey, which Brown said only made him better and helped him achieve the things he has in his career.

Selected No. 3 overall in the 2016 draft out of the University of California, Berkeley, Brown did not have it rosy at the start, and had to constantly prove himself.

In a recent interview with FOX Sports, he shared what his NBA journey has been like so far:

"All the things that I thought were setting me back or adversity ended up being the biggest blessings. Getting moved to the bench, even trade talks, getting booed, whatever the fans were saying, overpaid, overrated. All of that stuff made me who I am today. It drove my work ethic. And it drove my demeanor," Brown said.

Brown's perseverance and hard work have served him well in becoming a three-time NBA All-Star with two NBA Finals appearances, including the ongoing one against the Dallas Mavericks.

The Celtics lead 2-0 in the finals heading into Game 3 on Wednesday, with Jaylen Brown averaging a team-high 21.5 points to go along with 5.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 3.0 steals and 1.5 blocks in 40 minutes of play.

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