Celtics take game 3 in Philadelphia, lead series 2-1

The Boston Celtics regained homecourt advantage in their 2nd round series Friday night after defeating the Philadelphia 76ers 114-102 in game 3. The victory gives the Celtics their second straight win in the series to take a 2-1 lead. Boston was able to keep the Sixers down for most of the night, allowing just 102 points in the game, which included a 3/16 outing from James Harden.
Jayson Tatum led the way for the C's, pouring in 27 points on 10/20 shooting while also pulling down 10 rebounds for another postseason double-double. JT's 27-point outing included 7 straight points down the stretch to put the game on ice. Boston had 5 other players in double figures on the evening, a very balanced effort that highlighted the Celtics' quality.

I've got to give a serious shoutout to Jaylen Brown. While his offensive game has remained steady as it always is, he has locked up James Harden the last 2 games after he scored 45 points in game 1. Jaylen's length and athleticism allow him to be one of the best two-way players in the NBA, and that two-way ability has been on full display the last 2 games. Following a horrible effort in game 1 that may have made some Celtics fans a little worried, the response by the guys the last 2 games has been outstanding. Having JB guard Harden has proven to be a great adjustment thusfar and the overall defensive intensity has been terrific the last couple of games. If Boston can keep up this high level of energy and defensive effort, there's no reason why they should lose another game in this series.
With Boston now leading the series 2-1, game 4 is basically a must-win game for Philly. If the Celtics match the Sixers energy to start the game and withstand the first big punch or two, they should be in good shape. Put them away next game and the Eastern Conference finals is right on the tips of our fingers. Go Celtics!