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Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum, right, looks to drive against Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball during the second half half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Monday, Jan. 16, 2023. Tatum scored 51 points as Boston won 130-118. 

It took some extra time, but Jayson Tatum led the Boston Celtics to a gritty win in Thursday night’s playoff atmosphere showdown against visiting Golden State.

Tatum scored 34 points and grabbed a career high 19 rebounds to lead the Celtics to a 121-118 overtime victory against the defending NBA champion Warriors.

 Tatum’s 48 on-court minutes tied his career-high in minutes Feb. 13, 2020 against the L.A. Clippers in a double-overtime victory.

Tatum pulled his team to the win despite a poor shooting night, hitting just 9-of-27 from the field, and 4-of-13 three-point shots. He also committed seven turnovers.

But his rebounding, 12-for-12 effort from the free-throw line, and leadership helped the Celtics escape with the victory.

Golden State led throughout much of the nationally televised game. The teams split their season series 1-1, with the Warriors winning on their home court earlier this season.

“I’m glad we won. It wasn’t pretty, but this was a great win of just figuring it out,” Tatum said following the game.

“Whether we won or lost tonight, we didn’t celebrate or hang a banner or anything, we still got a game on Saturday. So I think just coming in with that mindset of, January 19, it’s a Thursday and we’re playing against a really good team.

“No rematch of the Finals or anything like that. Not make it bigger than anything that it is. It’s one game. They all count as one. And I think we learned from that earlier in December, playing against them, and just came out a little bit more relaxed today than the first time.”

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