Boston Celtics

Feb 2, 2022; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) returns the ball against Charlotte Hornets forward Miles Bridges (0) in the second half at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

The Celtics best stretch of the season continued Wednesday night in a back-and-forth game. Boston made the big plays at the end of the game when needed to beat the Charlotte Hornets 113-107 at TD Garden.

With the win, the Celtics improved to 28-25 on the season – improving to three games over .500 for the first time this season. They’ve now won three in a row and five of their last six.

For the first 10 minutes, the teams played to a normal pace. However, the tempo increased over the final few minutes of the quarter, and the Celtics came away leading 27-22 after one.

In the second quarter, it was the Hornets who went on the late run. Charlotte reeled off 10 unanswered points and the Celtics went into the half leading by just one point, 54-53

They’d extend that lead in the third quarter, even a 10-0 run by the Hornets midway through. The C’s answered with an 18-8 run of their own and took an 88-78 run into the fourth.

The Hornets went on a 10-1 run to get the game back within two points with two minutes to play. Former Celtic Terry Rozier hit a three pointer to tie the game with a minute left.

On the ensuing possession, Jayson Tatum drew a foul and hit a pair of free throws to put the Celtics back up with 35 seconds left. Robert Williams then blocked a Hornets three point attempt on the other end, forcing Charlotte to foul and sealing the game.

Josh Richardson led the Celtics off the bench, scoring 23 points on 8-of-12 shooting. He was 6-of-8 from three. Marcus Smart added 22 points, while Jayson Tatum was an assist away from a double-double – he had 19 points. Jaylen Brown scored 15, Grant Williams 12.

Next up, the Celtics head on the road to take on the Detroit Pistons on Friday. That game starts at 7 p.m., with pregame coverage beginning at 6:30 on 98.5 The Sports Hub.

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