Celtics hold on, beat Kings 103-102

Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

BOSTON - The Celtics returned home from their west coast trip and picked up a 103-102 victory over the Sacramento Kings Monday night.

Marcus Smart led the C's to victory, scoring two go-ahead baskets in the final minute of play and forcing a key turnover. Smart had 17 points, seven assists, and five steals in the winning effort.

Jaylen Brown had a team-high 24 points, Jayson Tatum added 20 points, and Enes Kanter put up 13 points.

Rookie Tremont Waters made his NBA debut and was a plus-20 in 20 minutes on the floor. He tallied seven points and three assists.

The Green withstood a 41-point outburst from Kings guard Buddy Hield, who went 11-for-21 from three-point range. Hield finished the night 15-for-26 from the field.

Kemba Walker did not play Monday after suffering a neck strain against Denver on Friday. He could return to the lineup on Wednesday when the Green host the Brooklyn Nets.

Brooklyn's Kyrie Irving will not play in that game with what the team calls a shoulder injury.