Jayson Tatum has scored a playoff career-high 50 points to lead the Boston Celtics to a much-needed 125-119 victory over the visiting Brooklyn Nets in the NBA playoffs.
His performance in Game 3 got the Celtics back into their eastern conference first-round series after the Nets had gone 2-0 up. Game 4 is Sunday night where a full-capacity crowd will be allowed in Boston.
After shooting a combined 9 of 32 in the first two games and getting poked in the eye by Kevin Durant in Game 2, Tatum delivered a dazzling 16-for-30 performance from the field. He made five 3-pointers, hit 13 of 15 free throws and dished out seven assists.
James Harden led Brooklyn with 41 points as he shot 11 of 18 and hit seven 3-pointers, tying the franchise postseason 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 profane chants at times while being held to 16 points on 6-of-17 shooting.
"They made shots tonight, especially Tatum," Durant said. "He hit some tough ones over us. I don't think he made anything easy."
In Dallas, Kawhi Leonard scored 36 points and Paul George added 29 as their Los Angeles Clippers spoiled Luka Doncic's home playoff debut, beating the Mavericks 118-108 in Game 3.
The Clippers bounced back from two losses at home by withstanding a huge early surge by the Mavericks in front of their biggest - and loudest - crowd by far this season. Dallas will take a 2-1 series lead into Game 4 on Sunday night.
Doncic fed the frenzy by making his first four shots, three of them 3-pointers, on his way to a playoff career-high 44 points as Dallas took an early 30-11 lead.
However Doncic's supporting cast wasn't nearly as effective as it was in Los Angeles.
Kristaps Porzingis scored six points in the first five minutes but just three the rest of the way. He and Dorian Finney-Smith were 3 of 10 from the field and Tim Hardaway Jr. was 4 of 14 and scored just 12 points.
In Atlanta, Trae Young shook off a fan's spitting incident at Madison Square Garden to dazzle in his first home playoff game as the Hawks beat the New York Knicks 105-94 in Game 3 of their opening-round series.
Spurred on by a raucous Friday night crowd of 15,743, the Hawks pulled ahead 2-1, with Young scoring 21 points and dishing out 14 assists.
Derrick Rose led the Knicks with 30 points but All-Star Julius Randle had another tough night and was serenaded constantly with chants of "Overrated! Overrated! Overrated!"
With the Hawks sagging on him in the lane and making every look a tough one, Randle was held to 14 points on 2-of-15 shooting. For the series, he has made just 13 of 54 from the field.