Nets vs. Celtics score, takeaways: Jayson Tatum drops 50 points to lead Boston to 125-119 victory in Game 3

The Brooklyn Nets looked like the dominant side in their first two games against the Boston Celtics but it was the home team that received a standout effort from their star on Friday night to come away with a much-needed 125-119 victory.

After largely being ineffective on the offensive end in the two games at Barclays Center, Jayson Tatum broke out in Game 3 as the scene shifted back to TD Garden as he finished the Celtics’ win with a game-high 50 points to push the home team over the top. On the other side, it was Kevin Durant and James Harden who paced the Nets offensively as Kyrie Irving struggled in his return to Boston, shooting just 6-17 from the field.

With the win, the Celtics gave themselves some life in this best-of-seven series as they avoided falling into a 3-0 hole against the heavily favored Nets. These two teams will meet again on Sunday evening with the opening tip scheduled for 7 p.m. on TNT.

Here are three key takeaways from the game

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