NBA roundup: Jayson Tatum wins 50 points in Celtics victory
Jayson Tatum scored a record 50 playoff points to lead the Boston Celtics to a 125-119 victory over the visiting Brooklyn Nets in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference first round series on Friday evening.
The Nets lead the series 2-1 and Game 4 is Sunday night, when a full crowd will be allowed in Boston.
Tatum produced Boston’s sixth 50-point playoff game and the first since Isaiah Thomas totaled 53 points in Game 2 of the 2017 Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Washington Wizards.
James Harden led Brooklyn with 41 points shooting 11 of 18 and hitting seven by 3 points, tying the franchise’s playoff record for 3s.
Durant added 39 but Kyrie Irving struggled in his first appearance in front of Boston fans since leaving the Celtics in 2019. Irving heard boos all night and secular chants at times while being held to 16 points. on 6 shots out of 17.
Falcons 105, Knicks 94
Trae Young had 21 points and 14 assists to take host Atlanta to a victory over New York in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference first-round series.
Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 15 points and John Collins added 14 for the Hawks, who took advantage of a late 22-5 push to complete the second quarter to take a 2-1 lead in the top seven series . Game 4 is Sunday afternoon in Atlanta.
Clint Capela recorded 13 points and 12 rebounds and former Knick Danilo Gallinari sank his four 3-point attempts to finish with 12 points for the Hawks. Atlanta sank 16 of 27 shots from a distance of 3 points for a total of 59.3 percent.
Clippers 118, Mavericks 108
Kawhi Leonard scored 36 points and visiting Los Angeles after a big early deficit, he beat Dallas in Game 3 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series. The Mavericks lead the best of seven series 2-1 heading into Game 4 Sunday in Dallas.
Paul George scored 29 points, Reggie Jackson finished with 16 points and Marcus Morris Sr. scored three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and scored 15 for the Clippers, who trailed 19 points in the first quarter. Leonard shot 13 of 17 from the floor and added eight rebounds.
Luka Doncic scored 44 points to lead Dallas, but missed six of 13 free throws, and Jalen Brunson and Maxi Kleber scored 14 each for the Mavericks.
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