Hot offense carries C’s to victory: Jayson Tatum had 20 of his game-high 28 points in the second half as the C’s used big third quarter (35-22) to get past the Hawks with a 123-115 victory. Gordon Hayward (24 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists) and Jaylen Brown (21 points) chipped in with big scoring nights with Kemba Walker and Marcus Smart sidelined but it was a member of the bench that came up big late as Grant Williams (13 points, 6 rebounds) hit a dagger layup in the game’s final minute to help put the Hawks away after a late rally.
Brad Wanamaker also scored a season-high 16 points off the pine and got the start in the second half over surprise starter Javonte Green. His impact on the offense was big in the 35-point third quarter but the C’s got sloppy in the fourth quarter (10 turnovers in the frame) which make things closer late than they needed to be before the C’s closed the door late.
Boston now has won four straight games and seven of eight overall. The C’s now head back to the Garden for a couple of home tilts against the Magic and Hawks.