Boston Celtics

  • In the Celtics’ last game, Jaylen Brown had to step up in the absence of Jayson Tatum. On Monday night, he had to tag Tatum in. The NBA-best Celtics have not skipped a beat.

    Tatum scored 35 points in his return after a one-game break, appearing unbothered by his recent ankle sprain, as the Celtics crushed the Charlotte Hornets by a 140-105 final at TD Garden on Monday night. Marcus Smart also stepped up with 22 points on 8-of-11 shooting (72.7 percent) and a career-high 15 assists. The 35-point win came without Jaylen Brown, who was ruled out shortly before tipoff with neck stiffness.

    The Celtics got off to a blistering start with 45 points in the first quarter, on the strength of 10 three-pointers, a mark that tied the franchise record for a single quarter. They led by as many as 42 points, when a Sam Hauser triple made it 124-82 early in the fourth quarter. The win puts the C’s at 17-4, extending their first-place lead in the Eastern Conference to two games over the Milwaukee Bucks.

    Keep scrolling for more of the top highlights from the Celtics’ blowout win.

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