Jayson Tatum became the youngest Celtic in franchise history to score 30+ points and 10+ rebounds in a playoff game and Jaylen Brown scored 15 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter, helping the C’s rally for a crucial Game 1 victory. Jayson Tatum led the way with 30 points and 13 rebounds to go with three blocks, helping take advantage of a Sixers team that didn’t have a good matchup for him on the wing. Brown was the hero late though, helping the C’s rally from a fourth-quarter deficit at the beginning of the fourth quarter despite suffering a right thigh contusion early in the second half from Joel Embiid.
Embiid had a team-high 26 points and 16 rebounds for the Sixers but the C’s did a nice job slowing him down with double teams, forcing the big man to make five turnovers over his 37 minutes. Kemba Walker chipped in with 19 points and 5 assists, including several big free throws in the fourth quarter to help seal the win.
All eyes after this one will now turn to Gordon Hayward however after the veteran wing suffered a sprained right ankle late in the fourth quarter. He walked off the court under his own power but his status for upcoming games in this series looks unclear. The good news for Boston is that it isn’t the same ankle that Hayward injured back on opening night in 2017.