The 5 best plays in Game 3 between the Celtics and Heat

From Jayson Tatum’s sidestep late in the first half, Marcus Smart brought the TD Garden crowd to their feet, and a trio of plays from Jaylen Brown amid his fourth quarter takeover, here’s the best five games of Game 3 between the Celtics and Heat.

Jayson Tatum’s Sidestep Three at the end of the first half

At the start, Jayson Tatum jockeys with PJ Tucker, trying to get the ball into the pinch post. Marcus Smart then takes Gabe Vincent into a Tatum screen, causing Tucker to turn off the three-time All-Star. However, Tatum must escape to the right.

But when Smart widens the gap, Vincent helps against his drive. Rather than standing still, Tatum drives into the corner, where Smart can finally hand the ball to him. Tatum then fakes Vincent as he closes in on him and dodges his way to a three which he knocks down late in the first half.

Marcus Smart gets the crowd on their feet

Smart miswrapped his right ankle while chasing an offensive rebound early in the third quarter. He had to get help in the locker room, but the player the Celtics dubbed the heart and soul of the team returned to the floor minutes later.

And on his first offensive possession after coming back into play, when Grant Williams filters Tucker, Max Strus runs to help Victor Oladipo against Tatum. This leaves Smart open and Tatum delivers the ball to him as Smart sinks into the left corner. As Oladipo runs to close in on him, Smart fakes, ducks and dodges a three, sending the TD Garden crowd into a frenzy.

Jaylen Brown at her best in the final frame

Jaylen Brown scored 14 of his game-high 40 points in the fourth quarter. The game above begins with him grabbing Miss Oladipo. Grant Williams obstructs Tucker, so Kyle Lowry slips in to guard Brown. However, his pickup point is low, giving Brown the space to build momentum as he heads downhill. Brown then helicopters the ball over Lowry as he jumps beside him, and his floater falls through the net.

Jaylen Brown heads for the basket

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Lowry loses the ball on the drive and Williams secures it for the Celtics. Al Horford shields Tucker from Brown at the other end, and Bam Adebayo passes over him. Adebayo does a terrific job against Brown, including after giving up the ball. This prompts Smart to signal Brown to filter out Strus to switch him over to Brown.

Smart gets the ball back from Brown on the right wing, and with Strus by his side he goes down, sneaks into the paint, jumps stops and comes back to his right, cutting for a lay-up against Tucker.

Jaylen Brown pursues fourth quarter buyout

Sticking to the theme of Brown carrying Boston’s offense in the fourth quarter, here Tatum feeds the ball to Smart, tells Horford to look for Brown, and Smart feeds it. With Horford picking Oladipo and Adebayo remaining underscreen, Brown fires from 25 feet and punches a three, earning a “bang!” call from ESPN play-by-play announcer Mike Breen.

Further reading

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What stands out from Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals: Heat Play with more urgency, Celtics commit 24 turnovers in loss

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A ‘grateful’ Al Horford discusses his Game 2 elimination

What stands out from Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals: The Celtics win decisively, tying the series as it heads to Boston

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Jayson Tatum and the Celtics discuss the Heat that outscored them 39-14 in the third quarter: ‘I have to lead better, I have to play better in those moments, and I can’t wait to respond’

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