The Celtics win as a team. Jayson Tatum had 24 points and looks nothing like a rookie again in Game 3. Terry Rozier continues his breakout postseason and dropped 18. Jaylen Brown and what’s left of his hamstring added 16.
However, when it was all on the line in overtime, the Celtics turned to their veteran stabilizing force — Al Horford.
He had the bucket that proved to be the game-winner in overtime on a brilliantly-designed play from Brad Stevens (which forced Joel Embiid to switch off him and left Horford isolated in the post with the smaller Robert Covington). Then Horford secured the win with the steal of the game.
“I was just trying to press up on Joel, he’s such a tough cover,” Horford said of the steal. “I just tried to press up, the pass was there, so I just tipped it and got the ball.”
Horford has been a rock all playoffs for Boston, and now he has them on the verge of the conference finals up 3-0 on the Sixers.