One other robust efficiency by Jayson Tatum helped the Boston Celtics transfer a step nearer to first place within the Jap Convention standings by incomes a 122-114 dwelling victory over the Utah Jazz on Friday evening.
The win moved Boston (54-24) inside one and one-half video games of idle Milwaukee, which has the NBA’s finest file (55-22).
Tatum scored a game-high 39 factors and in addition had 11 rebounds. He was 12 of 17 from the sector, and made 5 of his eight 3-point makes an attempt.
Malcolm Brogdon got here off the bench to attain 19 factors and file seven assists for the Celtics, who acquired 17 factors from Derrick White and 12 rebounds from Blake Griffin.
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Talen Horton-Tucker led the Jazz with 28 factors and 7 assists together with eight rebounds. Heart Walker Kessler added 20 factors, 10 rebounds and three blocked pictures.
The Jazz (36-41) remained in twelfth place within the Western Convention standings. Utah is 1 1/2 video games behind Oklahoma Metropolis and one recreation behind Dallas, and should go each to qualify for the Western Convention play-in match.
Neither crew was near full energy. Heart Rob Williams (knee) and ahead Al Horford (again) had been unavailable for the Celtics, whereas the Jazz performed with out ahead Lauri Markkanen, guard Jordan Clarkson, ahead Rudy Homosexual and guard Collin Sexton. Markkanen (25.7 ppg), Clarkson (20.8 ppg) and Sexton (14.3 ppg) are Utah’s high three scorers.
Utah had a 29-27 benefit after one quarter, however Boston led 57-51 at halftime. A 19-8 run put the Celtics up 91-76 with 45.2 seconds remaining within the third, and Boston carried a 93-78 lead into the fourth.
Boston’s lead didn’t dip beneath 10 factors till a Horton-Tucker layup made it a 120-112 recreation with 1:04 to play.
Utah gained the primary assembly between the groups this season 118-117 on March 18. The Celtics led by 19 in that recreation however had been outscored 84-64 over the ultimate half-hour and 30 seconds.
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