Celtics erupt in second quarter for dominant win: The Celtics have played a lot of impressive basketball this season but no two quarters have been as dominant as the middle two frames against Memphis. The hosts outscored Memphis 74-36 to erase an early deficit and turn the majority of the second half with garbage time. Jayson Tatum led the way with a game-high 23 points and 7 rebounds before exiting with a groin strain (more on that later). Five players finished in double figures in total as a balanced scoring effort and hot shooting from 3-point range (43 percent) gave the C’s their second straight win at home. While the offense was impressive, the defense against Ja Morant (2 points, 1-of-5 FG) and Jaren Jackson (13 points on 5-of-15 FG) shooting, which helped the C’s sustain the type of effort they showed on Monday night against the Lakers.