Celtics

Jayson Tatum drops 40 points as Celtics dominate Raptors

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The Boston Celtics were sluggish out the gate Monday night, but they overcame their slow start to beat the Toronto Raptors handily.

Credit Jayson Tatum for that.

The Raptors had no answer for the 22-year-old star as he went off for 40 points and six rebounds in the win. Rookie Payton Pritchard was outstanding as well, continuing the stellar start to his rookie campaign with 23 points and eight assists off the bench.

Here's a complete recap of the C's second straight win:

FINAL SCORE: Celtics 126, Raptors 114

BOX SCORE

CELTICS RECORD: 5-3

HIGHLIGHTS

Tremont Waters gets the start in place of Marcus Smart and quickly makes his presence felt with a deep 3-pointer:

Tremont Waters sinks the three-pointer early vs the Raptors

Rookie Payton Pritchard shows no fear on this strong drive to the basket:

Payton Pritchard takes it all the way for the layup

Jayson Tatum brings the Celtics within four points with a 3 early in the second quarter:

Pritchard continues to make an impact off the bench with a smooth jump hook shot:

Payton Pritchard sinks the hook shot vs the Raptors

Pritchard from downtown:

Tatum's stellar night continues early in the third quarter with a fadeaway jumper:

Jayson Tatum sinks the turnaround jumper vs the Raptors

Tatum goes off for 26 in the first half:

Jayson Tatum goes off for 1st half career-high 26 points vs the Raptors

Jaylen Brown gets the friendly roll on the floater:

Jaylen Brown gets the lucky roll on the floater vs the Raptors

UP NEXT:

Wednesday, Jan. 6: Celtics at Heat, 7:30 p.m. ET