Jaylen Brown says that while she and Jayson Tatum are active, not many ‘can play basketball with the two of us’

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MIAMI – As the Celtics floundered against the Heat in the first half, it was a forgotten first half for both Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. Tatum looked like his shoulder was bothering him as the jumper died when Brown finished with four turnovers in the first half and many missed shots. While the Celtics are just down five points at the break, they don’t have a production of two of their best players.

Tatum and Brown take that personally. Brown didn’t record a turnover in the second half as he exploded for 25 points on 10-for-19 shooting, including some huge 3-pointers. Tatum almost recorded a triple-double when he finished with 22 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists.

The Celtics caught the Heat just 38 points in the second half; Tatum and Brown combined for 37 points in the second half on 14-for-23 shooting. Miami couldn’t produce a quality display against the Boston defense, and this was all it took for C in Wednesday’s 93-80 win at FTX Arena. It was far from the perfect night of the Celtics ’duo, but the stars stepped up when the team needed them.

“We just have to go out and play basketball,” Brown said. “We felt like there weren’t many people who could play basketball with the two of us. When he left, when I left, we knew we were going to put ourselves in a good place to win.

The C will need more of the sparkling production they look to close out the Heat in six games. When the Celtics took a 3-2 series lead after winning Game 5, they had experience both blowing and returning from the brink of elimination. That’s why Tatum says he needs to have the mindset he needs to win into Game 6, which is set at 8:30 p.m. on TD Garden.

This is an up-and-down series for Tatum and Brown, who each see a moment in light and dark. This happened on Wednesday during an inefficient play in the first half, only to pull the Celtics away from the Heat in the second half.

The Celtics are currently just one win from their first NBA Finals appearance since 2010. The Celtics have been many in this position: Tatum in the third conference final while Brown in the fourth. Now, it’s about gathering to the biggest stage in the NBA.

“We’re talking about this,” Tatum said. “We just got into Milwaukee and won Game 6 which was really big. So you know it’s possible. … It’s a good team, well-trained. They’re not going to give up. It’s not going to be easy. I hope. This is going to be. a challenge, but it will be fun.