With a couple big wins behind them and a long plane ride ahead, the Boston Celtics knew they were in for a rough game. "I think everybody had to push through," rookie Jayson Tatum said. Tatum did most of the pushing at the end.
Jayson Tatum had a driving dunk and a 3-pointer on consecutive late possessions, pulling the Boston Celtics out of a late hole and leading them to an 87-85 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday night. Playing without Al Horford because of a sore left knee, Boston won its sixth straight heading into its trip to London to face Philadelphia on Thursday. The Celtics were trailing by one when Tatum got the ball and drove for a powerful slam that gave them an 84-83 lead. Kyrie Irving missed on Boston's next possession but wrestled the ball away from DeMarre Carroll and got it to Tatum in the corner near the Boston bench, and his 3 made it 87-83 with 45 seconds to play. The Nets cut it two on Joe
The much-needed easing up of the Boston Celtics schedule is officially upon us following Saturday's 87-85 win against Brooklyn. Down the stretch, the Celtics got strong play from rookie Jayson Tatum whose driving lay-up followed by a corner 3-pointer put Boston up 87-83. Boston, winners of six in a row, spent most of the game playing from behind only to find their stride in the third quarter.
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For most of the season, the Celtics have played with a tunnel-like focus, not allowing anything to take their eyes off the ultimate nightly prize – victory. What's fueled this latest Celtics' run? Boston, the team that has been the NBA's pacesetter in games played this season, will have two opponents the following nine days – Philadelphia on Jan. 11 in London is one, and boredom is the other.
BOSTON — Marcus Smart's reputation suggests a player who's a defensive bulldog but an offensive liability. There are many who see only his woeful career shooting numbers and dismiss him as a player capable of impacting the game on only one end of the floor. And while Smart's on/off splits revealed a negative differential in offensive rating the past two seasons, a new trend has emerged this season: The Boston Celtics are, maybe surprisingly, a better offensive team when Smart is on the floor. Smart didn't just put up a team-high 18 points on 8-of-13 shooting on Friday night, he gave a lifeless Celtics team an unexpected offensive jolt when it had previously been colder than the single-digit
Marcus Smart and Terry Rozier combined for 32 points as Boston's reserves keyed the Celtics' 91-84 NBA victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday. In a hard-fought contest that included 15 lead changes, the Eastern Conference-leading Celtics finally turned the tide late in the third quarter to post their fifth straight win. Boston had missed 12 of their first 14 shots of the third and were down 55-48 with less than five minutes left in the period.
The Celtics and Timberwolves both hovered under 40 percent shooting for most of the night before Boston pulled away in the fourth quarter to capture a 91-84 victory over visiting Minnesota. Marcus Smart had 18 points off the bench to pace the Celtics. Kyrie Irving finished with 16 points (on 6-of-16 shooting) and eight assists and Aron Baynes doubled up with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
After a lull dimmed some of the satisfaction from their outstanding start, it appears the Boston Celtics have regained their footing, especially defensively. Boston seeks its sixth straight win Saturday when it visits the Brooklyn Nets. The Celtics began this season with 22 wins in their first 26 games by holding teams to 96.8 points and 43.8 percent shooting.
The Philadelphia 76ers looked like a playoff team in a 114-78 thrashing of the Detroit Pistons in the NBA on Friday. The 76ers crushed a good Pistons team as Joel Embiid had 23 points and nine rebounds, while Ben Simmons (19 points and nine assists) and