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Tatum shines, Brown returns as Celtics beat 76ers 108-103

BOSTON (AP) The youth movement is alive and thriving for the Boston Celtics.

And for the second straight game it was enough to upend a Philadelphia 76ers team that still has much to figure out as it heads home trailing 2-0 in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Rookie Jayson Tatum scored 21 points and hit a pair of free throws in the closing seconds, helping the Celtics rally from a 22-point deficit to beat the 76ers 108-103 on Thursday night.

Terry Rozier added 20 points, nine assists and seven rebounds. Marcus Smart finished with 19 points and five rebounds as the Celtics improved to 6-0 at TD Garden this postseason. They have never blown a 2-0 lead.

''Coach was saying whoever is the tougher team is going to win,'' Rozier said. ''They definitely punched us in the mouth at the beginning of the game. We just had to bounce back and get things together.''

Game 3 is Saturday in Philadelphia.

J.J. Redick had 23 points for the 76ers, making five 3-pointers. Robert Covington added 22 points and nine rebounds. Joel Embiid finished with 20 points, 14 rebounds and five assists, but rookie star Ben Simmons missed all four shots and had just one point.

''Mentally, just thinking too much,'' Simmons said of his tough night. ''I'm going to have bad games. It happens. Obviously, it's bad timing.''

Philadelphia recovered after squandering its big lead to nudge back in front 93-88 midway through the fourth quarter.

But an 11-4 run put Boston back in the lead 99-95 with less than four minutes to play.

It was 101-97 when a missed Philadelphia jumper led to a 2-on-1 fast break and alley-oop dunk from Rozier to Tatum with 2:23 left.

A layup by Dario Saric cut it to 104-101. But Al Horford was able to drive past Embiid for a layup with 8.3 seconds left.

Saric scored out of a timeout to make it 106-103. The Sixers quickly fouled Tatum, who calmly hit a pair of free throws.

Following an anemic offensive effort in Game 1, the Sixers looked rejuvenated early in Game 2, using a 14-2 run to begin the second quarter on their way to building a 48-26 lead.

It didn't last.

The Celtics responded by ending the half on a 25-8 run. It included three straight 3-pointers and a tip-dunk by Jaylen Brown, who returned to action after sitting out the series opener with a strained right hamstring. He came off the bench and played 25 minutes, scoring 13 points and grabbing four rebounds.

The Sixers' lead was completely erased midway through the third quarter, when Aron Baynes got a 3-pointer to bounce in and put Boston in front for the first time.

The lead grew to 76-68 on a baseline dunk by Tatum that capped a 50-20 Celtics run.

''Once we got on that run we never looked back,'' Rozier said.

Brown entered the game for the first time at the 7:14 mark of first quarter. It took less than a minute to make an impact. He missed his first shot attempt before chasing down a loose ball and sprinting ahead for a one-handed dunk .

Prior to Thursday, Brown had started every game he'd appeared in this season. It was his first time off the bench since Game 5 of last season's Eastern Conference Finals.

''They won two games at home and we have to reciprocate,'' Sixers coach Brett Brown said. ''There's not going to be a pity party.''

TIP-INS

76ers: Outrebounded the Celtics 49-41. ... Went 13 of 33 from the 3-point line.

Celtics: The 22-point comeback victory represents their largest come-from-behind playoff victory since Game 4 of the 2008 NBA Finals (24 pts). ... Went 15 of 36 from the 3-point line.

HE SAID IT

''It's like a movie. You only see these type of comebacks in movies.'' - Celtics guard Marcus Smart.

SLOW START

Despite Brown's early highlight, the Celtics were sluggish early.

They started off the game 0 for 5 and didn't score until Smart's 3-pointer at the 8:37 mark of the first quarter.

Horford (1 for 3), Rozier (0 for 4), Brown (1 for 4) and Marcus Morris (0 for 3) were a combined 2 for 14 in the period, allowing Philadelphia to build a 31-22.

CELEB SIGHTINGS

Philadelphia-born rapper Meek Mill sat courtside for Game 2. Mill was released from jail last week after spending nearly five months behind bars on a probation violation. Rapper Gucci Mane sat across from the 76ers bench wearing a Brown jersey. The two met last year when Brown attended one of his concerts.

Another Philly native, actor Kevin Hart, sat a few seats down from Gucci. Hart at times antagonized the TD Garden fans, drawing boos.

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1st Quarter

Time Team Play Score
12:00   Jumpball  
11:43   Ben Simmons missed reverse layup  
11:42   Defensive rebound by Al Horford  
11:33   Terry Rozier missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:31   Defensive rebound by JJ Redick  
11:21 +3 JJ Redick made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Joel Embiid 3-0
11:01   Jayson Tatum missed finger-roll layup  
10:58   Defensive rebound by Ben Simmons  
10:55   Dario Saric missed layup, blocked by Terry Rozier  
10:54   Offensive rebound by JJ Redick  
10:49   Dario Saric missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:47   Defensive rebound by Al Horford  
10:39   Personal foul on Robert Covington  
10:27   Lost ball turnover on Jayson Tatum, stolen by Robert Covington  
10:17   Joel Embiid missed finger-roll layup  
10:13   Defensive rebound by Marcus Smart  
10:02   Al Horford missed jump shot  
9:59   Defensive rebound by Joel Embiid  
9:48 +2 JJ Redick made layup, assist by Dario Saric 5-0
9:34   Terry Rozier missed driving layup  
9:32   Defensive rebound by Joel Embiid  
9:26   Joel Embiid missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:21   Defensive rebound by Al Horford  
9:11   Out of bounds turnover on Al Horford  
8:57 +3 JJ Redick made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Robert Covington 8-0
8:37 +3 Marcus Smart made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jayson Tatum 8-3
8:16   Dario Saric missed driving layup  
8:16   Offensive rebound by Dario Saric  
8:15   Dario Saric missed dunk  
8:14   Offensive rebound by Robert Covington  
8:14 +2 Robert Covington made dunk 10-3
8:00   Terry Rozier missed fade-away jump shot  
7:59   Team rebound  
7:41   Joel Embiid missed hook shot  
7:38   Defensive rebound by Aron Baynes  
7:31 +2 Jayson Tatum made fade-away jump shot 10-5
7:14   Shooting foul on Al Horford  
7:14 +1 Ben Simmons made 1st of 2 free throws 11-5
7:14   Ben Simmons missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
7:12   Defensive rebound by Al Horford  
6:55   Jaylen Brown missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:52   Defensive rebound by Dario Saric  
6:38   Lost ball turnover on Dario Saric, stolen by Jaylen Brown  
6:38 +2 Jaylen Brown made dunk 11-7
6:30   Personal foul on Jaylen Brown  
6:23   Marco Belinelli missed jump shot  
6:21   Defensive rebound by Jaylen Brown  
6:02 +3 Jayson Tatum made 3-pt. jump shot 11-10
5:50 +2 Marco Belinelli made layup, assist by Amir Johnson 13-10
5:24   Marcus Morris missed jump shot  
5:20   Defensive rebound by Dario Saric  
5:09   Bad pass turnover on Marco Belinelli, stolen by Terry Rozier  
5:07   Shooting foul on Amir Johnson  
5:07 +1 Terry Rozier made 1st of 2 free throws 13-11
5:07 +1 Terry Rozier made 2nd of 2 free throws 13-12
4:48 +3 Dario Saric made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Ben Simmons 16-12
4:30   Jaylen Brown missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:28   Defensive rebound by Amir Johnson  
4:20 +2 Marco Belinelli made fade-away jump shot, assist by Amir Johnson 18-12
4:11   Personal foul on Ben Simmons  
3:59   Terry Rozier missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:56   Defensive rebound by Ersan Ilyasova  
3:43   Robert Covington missed floating jump shot  
3:43   Offensive rebound by Joel Embiid  
3:42   Joel Embiid missed dunk  
3:41   Offensive rebound by Joel Embiid  
3:41 +2 Joel Embiid made dunk 20-12
3:41   Shooting foul on Terry Rozier  
3:41   Joel Embiid missed free throw  
3:41   Defensive rebound by Marcus Morris  
3:19   Shooting foul on Joel Embiid  
3:19 +1 Marcus Smart made 1st of 3 free throws 20-13
3:19 +1 Marcus Smart made 2nd of 3 free throws 20-14
3:19   Marcus Smart missed 3rd of 3 free throws  
3:17   Defensive rebound by Joel Embiid  
3:05 +2 Marco Belinelli made finger-roll layup, assist by T.J. McConnell 22-14
2:54   Marcus Morris missed fade-away jump shot  
2:51   Defensive rebound by Marco Belinelli  
2:41 +2 JJ Redick made jump shot, assist by Joel Embiid 24-14
2:18   Al Horford missed driving layup  
2:18   Offensive rebound by Al Horford  
2:18 +2 Al Horford made dunk 24-16
2:18   Shooting foul on Ersan Ilyasova  
2:18 +1 Al Horford made free throw 24-17
2:11   Personal foul on Shane Larkin  
2:04   Out of bounds turnover on Marco Belinelli  
1:45   Jaylen Brown missed driving layup  
1:43   Defensive rebound by Joel Embiid  
1:34 +2 T.J. McConnell made fade-away jump shot, assist by Marco Belinelli 26-17
1:20 +3 Marcus Smart made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Marcus Morris 26-20
1:04   Marco Belinelli missed jump shot  
1:02   Offensive rebound by Ersan Ilyasova  
1:01   Ersan Ilyasova missed dunk  
1:01   Offensive rebound by Ersan Ilyasova  
1:00 +2 Ersan Ilyasova made dunk 28-20
0:46   Bad pass turnover on Marcus Smart, stolen by Ersan Ilyasova  
0:43 +3 JJ Redick made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Marco Belinelli 31-20
0:31 +2 Aron Baynes made dunk, assist by Jaylen Brown 31-22
0:13   JJ Redick missed jump shot  
0:11   Defensive rebound by Marcus Morris  
0:00   Marcus Morris missed jump shot  
0:00   Team rebound  
0:00   End of period  

2nd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:55   Bad pass turnover on Marcus Smart, stolen by T.J. McConnell  
11:53 +2 T.J. McConnell made layup 33-22
11:28   Bad pass turnover on Shane Larkin, stolen by Joel Embiid  
11:09   Ersan Ilyasova missed fade-away jump shot  
11:08   Team rebound  
11:07 +2 Robert Covington made layup, assist by T.J. McConnell 35-22
10:51 +2 Shane Larkin made finger-roll layup 35-24
10:35   Joel Embiid missed hook shot  
10:33   Offensive rebound by Joel Embiid  
10:32 +2 Joel Embiid made dunk 37-24
10:18   Shane Larkin missed floating jump shot, blocked by Robert Covington  
10:10   Jayson Tatum missed fade-away jump shot  
10:08   Defensive rebound by Joel Embiid  
9:55   Joel Embiid missed hook shot  
9:54   Offensive rebound by Joel Embiid  
9:53   Shooting foul on Marcus Morris  
9:53 +1 Joel Embiid made 1st of 2 free throws 38-24
9:53   Joel Embiid missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
9:53   Defensive rebound by Jayson Tatum  
9:42   Bad pass turnover on Aron Baynes, stolen by T.J. McConnell  
9:27 +2 Joel Embiid made jump shot 40-24
9:03   Aron Baynes missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:59   Defensive rebound by Ersan Ilyasova  
8:53   Joel Embiid missed jump shot  
8:51   Defensive rebound by Jaylen Brown  
8:41   Personal foul on T.J. McConnell  
8:27   Jaylen Brown missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:24   Defensive rebound by Dario Saric  
8:14   Marco Belinelli missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:12   Defensive rebound by Greg Monroe  
7:58   Bad pass turnover on Jayson Tatum, stolen by Robert Covington  
7:57   Shooting foul on Jaylen Brown  
7:57 +1 Robert Covington made 1st of 2 free throws 41-24
7:57 +1 Robert Covington made 2nd of 2 free throws 42-24
7:32   Al Horford missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:29   Defensive rebound by Ben Simmons  
7:22 +3 Dario Saric made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Ben Simmons 45-24
7:06   Personal foul on Dario Saric  
6:57 +2 Al Horford made hook shot 45-26
6:41 +3 Robert Covington made 3-pt. jump shot 48-26
6:20 +2 Marcus Smart made jump shot 48-28
6:08   Bad pass turnover on Ben Simmons, stolen by Greg Monroe  
5:59   Jaylen Brown missed jump shot  
5:54   Defensive rebound by Ben Simmons  
5:50   Robert Covington missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:47   Defensive rebound by Jaylen Brown  
5:38 +2 Greg Monroe made layup, assist by Marcus Smart 48-30
5:22 +3 Robert Covington made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Dario Saric 51-30
5:02   Jaylen Brown missed layup, blocked by Robert Covington  
4:59   Defensive rebound by Robert Covington  
4:56   Bad pass turnover on Ben Simmons, stolen by Marcus Smart  
4:54   Shooting foul on Robert Covington  
4:54   Jaylen Brown missed 1st of 2 free throws  
4:54   Team rebound  
4:54 +1 Jaylen Brown made 2nd of 2 free throws 51-31
4:40   Out of bounds turnover on Joel Embiid  
4:24   Greg Monroe missed hook shot  
4:22   Offensive rebound by Al Horford  
4:21 +2 Al Horford made dunk 51-33
3:54 +2 JJ Redick made jump shot, assist by Ben Simmons 53-33
3:49   Personal foul on JJ Redick  
3:44   Jaylen Brown missed reverse layup, blocked by Joel Embiid  
3:44   Team rebound  
3:42   Al Horford missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:40   Team rebound  
3:33   Offensive foul on Ben Simmons  
3:33   Offensive foul on Ben Simmons  
3:24 +2 Greg Monroe made driving layup, assist by Terry Rozier 53-35
3:09   JJ Redick missed floating jump shot  
3:04   Defensive rebound by Terry Rozier  
3:01 +3 Jaylen Brown made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Terry Rozier 53-38
2:50   Joel Embiid missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:48   Defensive rebound by Al Horford  
2:43   Greg Monroe missed layup, blocked by Robert Covington  
2:41   Defensive rebound by Joel Embiid  
2:37   Dario Saric missed jump shot  
2:33   Defensive rebound by Terry Rozier  
2:29 +2 Terry Rozier made finger-roll layup 53-40
2:15   Personal foul on Marcus Smart  
2:04   Shooting foul on Greg Monroe  
2:04   Team rebound  
2:04   Joel Embiid missed 1st of 2 free throws  
2:04 +1 Joel Embiid made 2nd of 2 free throws 54-40
1:48   Terry Rozier missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:44   Offensive rebound by Al Horford  
1:42 +3 Terry Rozier made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Al Horford 54-43
1:15 +2 Joel Embiid made driving dunk 56-43
0:53 +3 Marcus Smart made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Terry Rozier 56-46
0:38   JJ Redick missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:36   Defensive rebound by Marcus Smart  
0:34 +3 Terry Rozier made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Marcus Smart 56-49
0:14   Dario Saric missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:11   Defensive rebound by Al Horford  
0:08 +2 Jaylen Brown made alley-oop shot, assist by Marcus Morris 56-51
0:00   Marco Belinelli missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:00   Defensive rebound by Marcus Smart  
0:00   Marcus Smart missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:00   Team rebound  
0:00   End of period  

3rd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:47   Terry Rozier missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:43   Defensive rebound by Joel Embiid  
11:26   Robert Covington missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:24   Defensive rebound by Terry Rozier  
11:18   Marcus Smart missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:16   Defensive rebound by Joel Embiid  
11:09   Joel Embiid missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:06   Defensive rebound by Jayson Tatum  
10:59 +3 Marcus Smart made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Al Horford 56-54
10:39 +2 JJ Redick made jump shot, assist by Joel Embiid 58-54
10:22 +2 Jayson Tatum made finger-roll layup 58-56
10:08   JJ Redick missed finger-roll layup  
10:05   Defensive rebound by Marcus Smart  
10:03   Out of bounds turnover on Marcus Smart  
9:51   Offensive foul on Dario Saric  
9:51   Offensive foul on Dario Saric  
9:31   Aron Baynes missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:27   Defensive rebound by Joel Embiid  
9:16   Ben Simmons missed hook shot  
9:15   Robert Covington missed dunk  
9:15   Offensive rebound by Robert Covington  
9:11   Offensive rebound by Robert Covington  
9:10   Robert Covington missed fade-away jump shot  
9:11   Defensive rebound by Aron Baynes  
8:52   Shooting foul on Joel Embiid  
8:52 +1 Terry Rozier made 1st of 2 free throws 58-57
8:52 +1 Terry Rozier made 2nd of 2 free throws 58-58
8:42 +3 JJ Redick made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Ben Simmons 61-58
8:18 +3 Jayson Tatum made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Terry Rozier 61-61
8:04   Shooting foul on Jayson Tatum  
8:04 +1 Dario Saric made 1st of 2 free throws 62-61
8:04 +1 Dario Saric made 2nd of 2 free throws 63-61
7:45 +3 Aron Baynes made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jayson Tatum 63-64
7:18   24-second shot clock violation turnover  
7:05   Marcus Smart missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:02   Offensive rebound by Aron Baynes  
6:42   Jayson Tatum missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:40   Defensive rebound by Ben Simmons  
6:35   Lost ball turnover on Ben Simmons, stolen by Marcus Smart  
6:29   Terry Rozier missed fade-away jump shot  
6:28   Team rebound  
6:25   Shooting foul on Amir Johnson  
6:25 +1 Marcus Morris made 1st of 2 free throws 63-65
6:25   Marcus Morris missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
6:25   Defensive rebound by Ersan Ilyasova  
6:08   Personal foul on Marcus Morris  
5:58 +3 Marco Belinelli made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Ben Simmons 66-65
5:37 +2 Marcus Smart made jump shot, assist by Al Horford 66-67
5:20   JJ Redick missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:17   Defensive rebound by Al Horford  
5:02 +2 Marcus Morris made turnaround jump shot 66-69
4:48   Personal foul on Marcus Morris  
4:40   Marco Belinelli missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:37   Defensive rebound by Jaylen Brown  
4:31   Terry Rozier missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:29   Team rebound  
4:21   Ersan Ilyasova missed 3-pt. jump shot, blocked by Jayson Tatum