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Jayson Tatum scores 53 points, drags Boston Celtics past Timberwolves in OT

BOSTON -- All it took for the Boston Celtics to end their season-long seven-game homestand with a victory Friday night was a 17-point comeback to force overtime, and the best game of Jayson Tatum's career.

The 23-year-old All-Star finished with a career-high 53 points -- including 35 points in the second half and overtime -- to lead the Celtics to a 145-132 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves, allowing Boston to escape from a game it trailed in for most of regulation, only to give away a late lead to send the game into overtime.