Jayson Tatum came in having had the best game of his life in Los Angeles, dropping 41 on LeBron & Co.
His encore performance in Portland was just as impressive, delivering yet another brilliant scoring game in leading the Celtics to a 118-106 win.
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Tatum finished with 36 points against the Blazers, mixing in yet another array of dribble-drive baskets, 3-pointers (he had a career-high eight 3’s) and finishes at the rim.
This was actually a better performance for Tatum because of the game’s outcome.
The Celtics, playing without Kemba Walker (knee) for the third game in a row, got contributions from several players in addition to Tatum.
Still, this game was yet another one where Tatum was again the best player on the floor.
The Celtics were looking for the 3-point shot early and often, and considering who they were playing…you can understand why.
Boston has been a top-10 team from 3-point range most of this season, while the Blazers have been among the NBA’s worst teams when it comes to defending the 3.
Portland came in allowing 13 made 3's per game, a total that the Celtics reached after just three quarters of play.
Boston finished with a season-high 19 made 3-pointers.
This was another game in which the Celtics faced an opponent with a clear weakness and to their credit, they took full advantage.
Boston began to put some distance between itself and Portland in the second quarter and Brown’s play had a lot to do with it.
He would finish with 24 points, 12 of which came in the second quarter, which ended with the Celtics leading, 56-48.
Following the loss to the Lakers on Sunday, Brown talked about how Tatum had elevated his play to another level, and the rest of the Celtics - himself included - had to step up as well.
Tuesday was a strong step in that direction, for sure.
It has been a rough few games for Wanamaker, who came into Tuesday 3-for-14 (21.4 percent) from the field in his past two games.
Wanamaker was much better on Tuesday, scoring 13 points on 4-for-6 shooting from the field.
But more than the scoring, Wanamaker played with more poise and was among the keys to Boston getting the win.
If you’re the Celtics, you’re hoping the backup guard will build off his solid performance especially with Walker missing the past three games and no clear indication when exactly will he will be back.
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