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Caleb Martin’s hard collision with Jayson Tatum raises tensions at Celtics-Heat – NBC Sports Boston

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BOSTON – It took 47 minutes of action, but the bad blood between the Celtics and Miami Heat returned Sunday at TD Garden.

With just under a minute left to play in Boston’s 114-94 victory over the Heat in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series, Miami’s Caleb Martin collided with Jayson Tatum as Tatum was in the air attempting a catch a rebound.

Tatum hit the ground hard, sending an audible gasp through the crowd in the Garden. Tatum quickly got up, but Celtics wing Jaylen Brown objected to Martin trying to help Tatum to his feet, knocking the Heat forward’s hand away.

That led to players from both teams exchanging pleasantries.

Both Brown and Martin were whistled for technical fouls as a result of the commotion.

Tatum insisted he was “feeling good” in his postgame interview with ESPN’s Lisa Salters, and attributed Martin’s hard foul to “playoff basketball.” Head coach Joe Mazzulla also told reporters after the game that Tatum was “fine.”

“I was waiting to see what he was going to do. I was kind of excited about the whole situation,” Mazzulla said of Tatum. “I enjoyed watching it.”

That’s obviously a relief for the C’s and their fans, as Tatum was outstanding in this game, scoring 23 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists and recording his first career triple-double in the playoffs.

Game 2 is scheduled for Wednesday at 7:00 PM ET at TD Garden, with NBC Sports Boston’s Mike Gorman and Brian Scalabrine calling the broadcast.