The C's All-Star, who finished with a team-high 31 points and eight assists received a pass from Marcus Smart in the closing seconds to score his first career game-winning buzzer-beater.
"When he took that dribble we just kind of made eye contact. He made a great pass," Tatum said of his teammate during his postgame presser. "It doesn't get any better than that. A buzzer-beater in a playoff game at home."
"I've always been told you have more time than you realize you have," Smart said in his postgame comments. "I was about to throw it to Al [Horford] off the dribble and I saw JT cut at the last minute."
All five Celtics players on the floor touched the ball during that final possession, as a testament to how the team has performed over the past three months -- finishing 28-7 in their last 35 regular season games.
"I think that's kind of a microcosm for our season, guys moving the ball being unselfish," C's coach Ime Udoka said.
"The same energy they have for me, I'm gonna have the same energy for them. It's not every fan," Irving said in a cursed filled presser. "There's only but so much you can take a competitor."
"They did a good job of forcing me away, then helping in the paint. I just got to be more fundamental in my moves," Durant said to reporters following the loss. "I feel like some shots went in and out for me."
"Stayed with it, took their shot and found a way to finish the game," Horford told the media. "End of the day it's just getting the win, it doesn't matter how it was."
Boston shot 47.2% from the field, including 12-of-33 (36.4%) from behind the arc, while the Nets made 53.8% from the floor and 11-of-24 (45.8%) from 3. The Celtics outrebounded Brooklyn 43-29 and outscored them in the paint 56-32. The C's also had 24 assists on 42 made buckets and the Nets dished out 20 dimes on 42 made shot attempts.
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