The Celtics looked like they had this one wrapped up early in the second half after building a 24-point lead that remain steady over the first 30 minutes of the game. The Blazers are a desperate team playing for the postseason however and have a top-10 player in the game in Damian Lillard. The All-Star started to get hot as the C’s defense slacked, turning a 24-point deficit into a four-point lead midway through the fourth quarter behind 26 second half points. The Celtics managed to counterpoint late however with Kemba Walker (minutes limit) watching from the bench thanks to the scoring heroics of Jayson Tatum (34 points) and Jaylen Brown (30 points) who combined to score 13 straight points at one point of the fourth quarter on their way to leading Boston to a 128-124 win.
It was the first win for the C’s in the Orlando bubble and pulls them a full two games ahead of the Heat in the race for the No. 3 seed with a matchup looming between the two squads on Tuesday night in Orlando.