The Boston Celtics shook off the absence of injured Jayson Tatum and the early departures of Marcus Sensible and Robert Williams to beat the Toronto Raptors 106-104 on Saturday and push their NBA successful streak to 9 video games.
Jaylen Brown scored 27 factors and Grant Williams added a career-high 25 for the Celtics, who improved their league-best report to 35-12.
Coming off a gritty additional time win over the Golden State Warriors on Thursday, the Celtics trailed 85-81 going into the fourth quarter.
However they opened the ultimate body with a 9-0 run courtesy of three-pointers from Brown, Payton Pritchard and Grant Williams and stayed in entrance till Toronto tied it up at 103-103 on Gary Trent Jr.’s three-pointer with 2:23 to play.
Pritchard, who scored all of his 12 factors within the fourth quarter, drained one other three-pointer that proved to be sufficient.
Malcolm Brogdon added 23 factors off the bench for Boston, whose high scorer Tatum was sidelined with a sore left wrist.
3 Celtics scored 20+ factors tonight as Boston received their ninth straight sport 🍀
Jaylen Brown: 27 PTS, 8 REB, 6 AST
Malcolm Brogdon: 23 PTS, 7 REB
Grant Williams: 25 PTS, 5 REB pic.twitter.com/QEUSoPFjWq
— NBA (@NBA) January 22, 2023
Tatum, who’s averaging 31.2 factors per sport, third-most within the league, scored 51 factors in a win over Charlotte on Monday and had 34 with 19 rebounds towards Golden State, enjoying 48 minutes within the additional time triumph.
Grant Williams stated Tatum’s absence was no cause for the Celtics to give up the mindset of an elite crew gunning to get again to the NBA Finals for a second straight 12 months after falling to Golden State within the title sequence.
“Each evening we compete to the best stage,” he stated. “We will’t ever accept much less or simply take an evening off as a result of that’s simply not who we’re.
“You’ll be able to’t again down from any problem, regardless of should you’re down 12 guys, regardless of should you’re down 4, regardless of should you’re down two, regardless of should you’re a full crew.
“You could have to do your job.”
Sensible rolled his proper ankle within the second quarter and left the sport whereas Robert Williams harm his left knee, stayed within the sport briefly however sat out the second half.
Celtics coach Joe Mazulla stated Williams’s harm was “nothing severe” and Sensible had a sprained ankle.
“X-rays had been destructive,” he stated of Sensible, who had to be helped off the courtroom. “So it’s only a matter of how he’s in a position to deal with it day to day.”
Pascal Siakam had 29 factors and 10 assists to lead the Raptors, who had been lacking Fred Van Vleet with rib soreness. O.G Anunoby departed within the third quarter with proper ankle hassle.
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