Celtics

Final: Celtics 99, Suns 86- Vintage Kemba Walker carries Celtics

WHO: Celtics (31-27) vs. Suns (42-16)
WHEN: 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: TD Garden
RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub
TV: NBC Sports Boston

PROJECTED STARTING LINEUPS

Celtics
G: Kemba Walker
G: Marcus Smart
SF: Jayson Tatum
PF: Grant Williams
C: Tristan Thompson

Suns
G: Chris Paul
G: Devin Booker
SF: Mikal Bridges
PF: Frank Kaminsky
C: Deandre Ayton 

LIVE COVERAGE, by John Karalis

Fourth quarter

  • Jayson Tatum is struggling. 2-14 shooting so far, but he's moving the ball and the Celtics are scoring off the attention he's drawing.
  • Kemba Walker just had a key sequence, hitting a 3 on a play where he was mostly trying to draw a foul and then fouling out Devin Booker by drawing a charge.
  • The Suns are missing a lot of shots, but Chris Paul is trying to take over. This is a danger zone as Phoenix tries to chip into the lead
  • Jayson Tatum, who struggled all night, got to the line twice and hit a 3 to keep the Suns at bay. Big win for the C's

Third quarter

  • The Celtics have pushed their lead up past 20. Kemba Walker continues his great game, which includes defense and another charge drawn
  • Tristan Thompson has been doing some good work down low. He kept one offensive rebound alive that led to a Walker jumper
  • The Suns answered with an 8-2 run. Chris Paul found Mikal Bridges on two run-outs as Boston got a little too sloppy
  • The Celtics settled down against the Suns zone and finally got a couple of good possessions where they could get good shots and set their defense off makes
  • Turnovers and offensive rebounds... still killers for Boston. Luckily for them, they only lost 4 points off their lead

Second quarter