Kyrie Irving’s first game in front of a Boston crowd since leaving the Celtics didn’t come with a win thanks to Jayson Tatum.
Instead, the Celtics got back into their Eastern Conference first-round series behind 50 points from Tatum in a 125-119 victory in Game 3 at TD Garden on Friday night. The Nets lead the series 2-1.
James Harden led the Nets with 41 points, Kevin Durant tallied 39 and Irving had just 16. Marcus Smart added 23 for Boston, which took control of the game by outscoring the Nets 35-27 in the third quarter