The Celtics looked like they reverted to their worst selves, playing one of the worst first halves of the season.
Jayson Tatum wasn’t having any of that — and he made some history on the way. A 32-point deficit was vanquished throughout the second half as Tatum and the Celtics just kept chipping away.
A dominant third quarter sparked a comeback effort, and unlike typical C’s fashion this season, they completed it in a wild 143-140 overtime win Friday at TD Garden. Tatum scored a career-high 60 points, tying Larry Bird for the all-time single game scoring record in C’s history.
The Spurs were running away with the game in the first, shooting 71.4% from the field and getting to just about any spot they wanted. Then it was the Celtics’ turn, burying the Spurs with 3-pointers and stout defense. By the time overtime hit, the teams outscored each other by 29 points in each half, setting up the final five minutes.
Tatum was the best player on the court Friday on his way to a career night, earning MVP chants from the crowd. Tristan Thompson was huge as he put up eight points and 15 rebounds. It was a brutal shooting night for Jaylen Brown, who scored 17 points on 5-for-24 shooting, but he hit a crucial late 3-pointer. Aaron Nesmith reset his career-high for the second straight game with 16 points.
The Celtics wrap-up a four game home stand by hosting the Trail Blazers at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at TD Garden.