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Boston Celtics

BOSTON, MA - MAY 28: Jayson Tatum #0 of the Boston Celtics reacts after a three-point shoot during Game Three of the Eastern Conference first round series against the Brooklyn Nets at TD Garden on May 28, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts.

With their backs up against the wall, facing a 2-0 deficit in the series, the Celtics played arguably their best game of the year Friday night at TD Garden. After falling into an early hole, the team rallied behind another stellar performance from Jayson Tatum to beat the Brooklyn Nets 125-119.

With a larger crowd in the building, and Kyrie Irving’s presence stirring things up, it felt like the Celtics might be reenergized with the series shifting back to Boston. However, that feeling dissipated quickly, with the Nets going up 19-4 in the first three and a half minutes.

While the Celtics couldn’t hold the energy from the beginning, it wouldn’t be gone for long. In fact, that Nets’ lead wouldn’t even make it to the end of the first quarter. The Celtics went on a 10-0 run over the final minutes of the half. Marcus Smart capped the run with a three point shot in the final seconds of the frame that put Boston up 33-32.

The Celtics went on to extend their lead in the second quarter. Leading the charge were Jayson Tatum and Tristan Thompson, who each had eight points in the frame. Tatum had a game-high 21 at the half, giving his team a 61-57 lead heading into the locker room.


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