Jayson Tatum knocked 32 points and 9 rebounds, including a clutch 3-pointer as the Boston Celtics hold off to secure a victory against Damian Lillard led Portland Trail Blazers. After this win the Celtics have won 4 games in a row. Kemba Walker added 21 and Jaylen Brown registered 24 points against his name.
The Boston Celtics have surely got the form going having won 6 out of their last 7 games. Tatum, who scored a career-high 53 points in a win last game day over Minnesota Timberwolves and earned player of the week honors. That being the case, with this loss the Trail Blazers have lost 5 out of their last 7 games.
Jayson Tatum leads Boston Celtics past Portland Trail Blazers
Jayson Tatum’s 3-pointer early in the final quarter put the Celtics up 99-91, their biggest lead of the game to that point. Anthony closed the gap for Portland with a jumper and a 3-pointer.
It appeared as if the Celtics were pulling away when Walker’s 3 put Boston up 107-99 with just over five minutes left. But Lillard’s 3-pointer got Portland Trail Blazers within five points.
CJ McCollum’s jumper and a pair of free throws from Lillard narrowed it to 107-106. After Robert Williams III’s layup, Lillard’s 3 tied it at 109 with 2:03 left. Williams’ tip kept the Celtics in front until McCollum’s 3 gave Portland a 112-111 lead with 1:01 to go.
Tatum made a pair of free throws before a step back 3-pointer with 8.5 seconds appeared to seal it. Norman Powell hit a 3 for the Blazers with 5.4 seconds to go to close within 116-115, but Portland couldn’t make it count.
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