It wasn't pretty at times, but Marcus Smart and Al Horford ensured on Tuesday night that the C's four-game losing streak would come to an end. Smart led the Celtics with 21 points while Horford chipped in with 19 points, 8 rebounds and five assists, helping the visitors close out the fourth quarter strong and pull away with a 116-106 victory. Jayson Tatum scored all of his 21 points in the first half, stepping up the scoring load for a resting Kyrie Irving.
Aron Baynes also made his first start of the season with Al Horford since November, playing a season-high 25 minutes against the Cavs big front line. Boston had trouble containing the Cavs scoring backcourt with Colin Sexton (24 points) and Jordan Clarkson (18 points) having big guys, but the C's locked in down the stretch with a 14-4 fourth quarter to break open a tie game in the fourth quarter.
The win pulls Boston within 1.5 games of the Pacers for the No. 4 seed with a huge matchup looming on Friday night at the Garden.