Six straight wins: Jayson Tatum posted his second straight game with 30-plus points and Romeo Langford had a career-night as the Celtics came out on top in a battle of two very shorthanded squads on Friday. Three starters (Brown, Hayward, Theis) were out for Boston due to injury while Atlanta only had nine active players including no All-Star in Trae Young. The hosts came out on top, however, thanks to a strong second half led by 32 points from Jayson Tatum on just 19 shot attempts. Kemba Walker added 15 points in his return from injury and Enes Kanter had a double-double but the biggest contribution of the night may have been from Langford who had a career-high 16 points off the bench in 29 minutes.
It was the sixth straight win for the Celtics and ninth of their last ten overall, helping the C's keep pace with the Raptors in the tight race for the second seed in the East.