The Boston Celtics earned a crucial Game 3 victory over the Miami Heat on Saturday night, and it was a dominant win at that.
The C's never trailed in the contest and were noticeably more aggressive than they were in Games 1 and 2. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown both were stellar, dropping 25 and 26 points respectively. Tatum also had 14 rebounds and eight assists while Brown put on a clinic defensively.
Gordon Hayward made his long-awaited return from an ankle sprain and while he didn't light up the stat sheet, his presence was most definitely felt. He finished with six points, five rebounds, four assists, and three steals in 30 minutes for a rock-solid all-around performance.
Bam Adebayo led all scorers for the Heat with 27 points. Tyler Herro had a nice game off the bench with 22 points.
FINAL SCORE: Celtics 117, Heat 106
SERIES: 2-1 Heat
Kemba picks up where he left off
Welcome back, Gordon
Jaylen doing it all
Jaylen staying hot
Smart --> Jaylen
Old friends catching up
Hayward --> Tatum
Tatum from way downtown
One last dunk from Jaylen
Tip-off for C's-Heat Game 4 is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. ET. on Wednesday night with NBC Sports Boston's Celtics Pregame Live set for 7:30 p.m. and Celtics Postgame Live immediately after the final buzzer.