Photo: Steven Ryan/Getty Images

Jayson Tatum scored 27 points, Marcus Smart (12 assists along with nine rebounds) and Jaylen Brown each posted 24 and the Boston Celtics dominated the first half to roll past the Jimmy Butler-led Miami Heat 127-102 on Thursday night in the Eastern Conference finals. The series is tied at 1-1. Game 3 is set for Saturday in Boston.

After a dominant victory over the Miami Heat tonight and loss in a series opener, Boston small forward Jayson Tatum discussed the Celtics’ performance in the ECF Game 2: “I was proud of the way we responded. Last game was tough … I was excited for how we were going to bounce back.”