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Enes Kanter, Tacko Fall among Celtics fired up by win over Bucks on Twitter

Enes Kanter, Tacko Fall among Celtics fired up by win over Bucks on Twitter

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The Boston Celtics didn't have their full squad for Wednesday night's game against the Milwaukee Bucks.

But the players who couldn't suit up still were watching -- and they loved what they saw as the Celtics stormed back for a 116-105 win at TD Garden.

Here's Enes Kanter, who missed his second straight game with a knee contusion but felt all sorts of positive vibes on Twitter:

And here are rookies Tacko Fall and Tremont Waters, who both were watching intently while on assignment with the Maine Red Claws:

Those who contributed to Boston's upset of Milwaukee also were in a great mood after the win. Marcus Smart, who dropped 19 points and six assists, took a playful jab at the famous "Red Panda" while tweeting about his "fun night."

And Daniel Theis was in a similarly jovial mood Thursday morning after contributing 11 points and nine rebounds Wednesday.

It's obviously very early in the season, but the 3-1 Celtics seem to have some pretty positive vibes after wins over teams like the Bucks and Toronto Raptors.

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Tatum feeds off Paul Pierce the fan's 'energy' in Celtics' comeback win

Tatum feeds off Paul Pierce the fan's 'energy' in Celtics' comeback win

Don’t miss NBC Sports Boston's coverage of Celtics-Knicks, which tips off Friday at 7 p.m. ET with Celtics Pregame Live, and then NBC Sports Boston has the call of the game at 7:30 p.m. You can also stream the game through the MyTeams App.

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BOSTON -- Jayson Tatum is used to seeing a wide swath of fans cheering on the Celtics at the TD Garden. 

But that fandom is on another level when the cheering comes from Celtics legend Paul Pierce. 

Pierce, who said he was in attendance doing some work for ESPN, has been a big fan of Tatum ever since the Celtics selected the forward on draft night in 2017.

And as the Celtics rallied for a 116-105 win over the Milwaukee Bucks, Tatum's strong third-quarter performance was instrumental in the win, the C's third in a row after they dropped their season-opener.

The 6-foot-9 forward finished with 25 points, 11 of which came in the third quarter as the Celtics outscored the Bucks, 38-18.

It was also Tatum’s most efficient game of the season in terms of shooting, as he went 10-for-22 from the field.

And Pierce loved every moment of it, even going so far as to high-five Tatum following a Tatum 3-pointer that clearly shifted the momentum in favor of the Celtics.

"It was crazy,” said Tatum who added, “Anytime he comes to the game, he gives us energy.”

Since becoming a Celtic, the two have talked from time to time while establishing a relationship that, like Tatum's game, is still growing.

"I talked to him before [Wednesday’s] game," Said Tatum who added, "Just seeing somebody like him, standing up, cheering."

And being demanding; at least when it came to getting a high-five from Tatum. 

“It was a great moment," Tatum said.

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Key takeaways from Celtics' come-from-behind win over the Bucks

Key takeaways from Celtics' come-from-behind win over the Bucks

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BOSTON -- Whatever Brad Stevens’ halftime spiel is to the Boston Celtics, it has worked amazingly well lately. 

Boston rallied for its third win in a row as they overcame a 19-point, first-half deficit with a 116-105 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks. 

This victory, like the previous three, was fueled by a second-half Celtics' surge. 

Still, what they did on Wednesday night might be the most impressive, having trailed the Milwaukee Bucks by as many as 19 before delivering big shots and tremendous stops defensively through the final 24 minutes. All while playing without Jaylen Brown, who missed the game with an illness.

Several Celtics stepped up, among them Gordon Hayward, who tallied his first double-double of the season with 21 points (16 in the second half) and 10 rebounds. 

The Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo, the reigning NBA MVP, had a strong game as well, tallying 22 points, 14 rebounds and five assists.  

Here are three takeaways from the C's stirring comeback win:

Kemba Walker: After yet another lackluster first half shooting the ball, Walker again saved his best for the second half and finished with a game-high 32 points, 21 in the second half.

Marcus Smart: Other than the fourth-quarter technical, Smart had one of those sneaky-good games for the Celtics. He had 19 points and six assists, but more than anything else, he gave Antetokounmpo fits all game long. He was in full-blown instigator mode on a night when they absolutely needed his toughness.

Jayson Tatum: Having struggled to make shots in Boston’s first three games, Tatum came alive in the second half, scoring 20 of his 25 points. Even more significant was Tatum’s points came in a more efficient manner than we saw in the first three games, evident by him shooting 10-for-22 on Wednesday. 

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