BSJ Game Report: Celtics 116, Blazers 115 – Celtics keep finding ways to win

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Everything you need to know about Boston's 116-115 win over the Portland Trailblazers with BSJ insight and analysis.

Box Score

Celtics do it again. Jayson Tatum outdueled Damian Lillard and got the last laugh with a dagger 3-pointer late in the game. Boston has now won four in a row and six of seven games. With losses by the Miami Heat and Charlotte Hornets, Boston is now alone in fifth place in the East. 

Jayson Tatum is on one. He scored 25 of his 32 points in the second half on 8-of-12 shooting, including 3-6 from deep and a perfect 6-6 from the line. Tatum got to the line 10 times overall. 

“This is about the time, number of games, where last year he started taking off,” Brad Stevens said after the game. “And you can kind of see that in the last so many weeks. You can kind of see he’s really into a rhythm of knowing what he wants to do on a given possession and also where his opportunities are going to come from.”


Jayson Tatum’s side-step 3-pointer with 8.5 seconds left to give Boston a 116-112 lead. 


Tatum’s game-winner


Just look at this hustle from Marcus Smart