Final: Celtics 141, Clippers 133 (2OT) – Tatum erupts for 39 in instant classic

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Jayson Tatum finished two points shy of his career-high with 39 points and Marcus Smart added 31 points, helping the Celtics grind out a win in a double overtime classic on Thursday night. Tatum was at his best in crunch time, scoring 17 points in the fourth quarter and both overtime frames combined, outplaying Kawhi Leonard (only 5 points of his 28 came in 4th qtr and overtimes), putting together arguably his best two-way performance in a Celtics uniform.

Five players scored in double figures in the win overall for Boston with the starting five combining for 122 points on the night. Gordon Hayward added 21 points and 13 rebounds including several big plays in the final minutes of double overtime to lock down the game for the C’s. Lou Williams had a team-high 35 points for the Clippers but needed 33 shot attempts to get there.

The C’s now head into the All-Star Break just one game behind the Raptors for the No. 2 seed having won 11 of their last 13 games.

WHO: Celtics (37-16) vs. Clippers (37-16)
WHEN: 8:00 p.m.
WHERE:  TD Garden
RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub
TV: NBC Sports Boston/TNT

PG: Kemba Walker
SG: Marcus Smart
SF: Jayson Tatum
PF: Gordon Hayward
C: Daniel Theis

G: Lou Williams
G:  Paul George
F: Kawhi Leonard
F: Marcus Morris
C: Ivica Zubac 

Pregame Notes