Jayson Tatum absolutely carried the Boston Celtics on Friday night, and his coach recognized the achievement.

Tatum scored 50 points in leading the Celtics to a 125-119 win over the Brooklyn Nets in Game 3 of their first-round series.

Tatum was 16-for-30 and 13-for-15 at the free throw line in scoring his 50 points. He was complemented by Marcus Smart’s 23 points on five threes, and Tristan Thompson’s 19-point, 13-rebound effort.

Celtics coach Brad Stevens was so impressed with Tatum’s game that he called the Boston All-Star “special.”