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Celtics’ Jayson Tatum, Terry Rozier put on show in first half

Philadelphia 76ers v Boston Celtics - Game One

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 30: Jayson Tatum #0 of the Boston Celtics celebrates after hitting a three point shot against the Philadelphia 76ers during the second quarter of Game One of Round Two of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at TD Garden on April 30, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

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So about the idea that Boston is going to struggle to score against the Sixers...

That may prove to be true over the course of a long series, but it certainly was not accurate in Game 1 as the Celtics took a 56-45 lead into the half. Boston came in with a plan — “hunt Marco Belinelli and attack him” is clearly at the top of the scouting report — and they executed it, getting good ball movement and open looks. Then they drilled them, Boston hit 7-of-12 from three in the first half.

They also got big halves from Terry Rozier and rookie Jayson Tatum. Rozier had 13 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists in the first half, and was making plays like this.

Tatum led all scorers with 16 and just seemed to do everything, starting with embarrassing Belinelli.

Then there was this emphatic dunk.

It’s just one half, but it went as well as the Celtics could have scripted a start to Game 1.