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Tatum scores 33 points as Celtics beat Cavs 106-93

Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown lead Boston Celtics to victory over Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 3, taking 2-1 lead.

The Boston Celtics bounced back in a big way, defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers 106-93 in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. Led by Jayson Tatum's 33 points and Jaylen Brown's 28, the Celtics showed their strength on the road after a disappointing loss at home in Game 2.

The Celtics, who were the top seed, didn't let their previous loss affect them and came out strong against the Cavaliers. Tatum's 13 rebounds, along with a 14-0 run to start the second half, helped the Celtics build a commanding lead.

Despite Donovan Mitchell's 33 points for Cleveland, the All-Star guard aggravated a knee injury in the fourth quarter, hindering the Cavaliers' comeback efforts. Boston's sharpshooting from beyond the arc, with key 3-pointers from Payton Pritchard and Derrick White, sealed the victory for the Celtics.

The Cavs fought back from a 23-point deficit, but couldn't overcome the Celtics' offensive prowess. With Game 4 looming, Boston looks to maintain their momentum on the road. The absence of Jarrett Allen for Cleveland and Kristaps Porzingis for Boston adds another layer of uncertainty to the series.

Coach Joe Mazzulla's message to his players was clear: play to their strengths and execute better. The Celtics responded, showcasing their resilience and determination to take control of the series. As the Eastern Conference semifinals continue, both teams will need to adjust and adapt to secure a spot in the next round.

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