Tatum recovered from a seven-point performance in Game 2 by taking 10 of 20 hits from the floor for the second seed. Celtics, who won two games in a row to take a 2-1 advantage in a best-of-seven series. Game 4 is Sunday afternoon in Philadelphia
Boston’s Jaylen Brown scored 23 points and 7 rebounds and Al Horford sank 5 3-pointers finishing with 17 points and 7 rebounds. Marcus Smart and Malcolm Brogdon each have 15 points and Derrick White add 13 points each Celtics
Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid raked in 30 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks after being honored before the game for winning the NBA MVP award.
James Harden scored 16 points along with 11 assists despite struggling from the floor in his second straight game for the third seed 76ers. Harden took just 3 of 14 shots from the floor on Friday and was 5 to 28 overall and 2 to 13 from 3-point after his 45-point performance in the series opener.
Tatum’s drive in early in the fourth quarter gave Boston a 90-77 lead in the game. Philadelphia counter-attacked 19-10 to take the score in the 100-96 round with 3:51 remaining after an Embiid header.
Boston scored the next five before Harden sank 3. Tatum answered with a trey of his own with 1:42 to play to give Celtics side 108-99
Harden made one of two free-throw attempts to cut Celtics‘ resulted in eight, but Tatum and Brown each converted a pair of charity stripes to win
Boston overcame the hurdles by making the first four 3-pointers and 6 of 10 attempts from outside the arc to take a 24-14 lead. Philadelphia countered by scoring 11 straight points and 15 of the last 19 points in this period to lead 29-28.
The Celtics resist by overcoming 76ers 29-21 in the second half to take a 57-50 advantage after halftime. Melton sank 3 pointers just before Horford answered from behind the arc just before the whistle