Final: Celtics 126, Raptors 114 — Tatum (40 points) puts on a show in comfortable win

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The Celtics looked like they were heading down to .500 mark on the year after falling into a double-digit hole in the opening four minutes of the game against the Raptors on Monday night. Things changed in a hurry however once Jayson Tatum woke up on the offensive end. The All-Star turned the game around with a dominant 21-point second quarter, on his way to scoring 40 points in just 32 minutes, just one point shy of his career-high in a blowout win for Boston. Tatum led six different Celtics in double figures for an undermanned Celtics roster, playing without their top three ballhandlers in Kemba Walker (knee), Jeff Teague (ankle) and Marcus Smart (thumb). Fred VanVleet had 35 points in the setback for the hosts but the Raptors had no answer for Tatum who went 11-of-19 from the field and made all 13 of his free throw attempts, leading the C’s to their second straight win. Boston improved to 5-3 on the year and now finish up their four-game road trip with a rematch of the Eastern Conference Finals in Miami on Wednesday night.   

First Half Notes