Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from Boston’s 102-94 over the Phoenix Suns.
Jayson Tatum: In a season filled with injuries, Jayson Tatum has been the one constant for the Boston Celtics. He led the team with 23 points on 10-for-18 shooting with six rebounds and two steals.
Josh Jackson: No player for Phoenix has benefited more by their recent rash of injuries than Josh Jackson who has been their go-to guy of late. Jackson led the Suns with 23 points on 9-for-15 shooting with six rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Al Horford: It was a good night for Al Horford who filled the stat sheet in several categories before finishing with a near double-double of 19 points and nine rebounds in addition to dishing out seven assists.
Marcus Morris: He re-aggravated the right ankle injury that sidelined him for the Sacramento game. But he was healthy enough to finish with 20 points, the third straight game for him scoring at least 20 points – a first for him in the NBA.
Tyler Ulis: The smallest guy on the floor, the 5-foot-9 Tyler Ulis came up with one big play after another that helped to keep the Suns in the game before finishing with 19 points, eight assists and five rebounds.
Troy Daniels: The Suns’ Troy Daniels made his presence felt from behind the 3-point line. He had 18 points on 6-for-16 shooting which included 6-for-14 shooting from 3-point range.
Second-quarter Celtics: The Boston Celtics struggled mightily in the second quarter, connecting on just 7-for-21 shooting while Phoenix was 11-for-20 in the quarter and 4-for-7 from 3-point range. And in that quarter, Boston was out-rebounded 17-7.