Boston Celtics

The Boston Celtics got just enough timely scoring from Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, and Al Horford in the fourth quarter and overtime, edging out the Golden State Warriors by a 121-118 final at TD Garden on Thursday night.

Despite finishing with a game-high 34 points and 19 rebounds, Tatum shot just 9-of-27 from the field, and had a shaky go of it in the fourth quarter. Tatum committed four turnovers in the fourth quarter alone, including three in the final 3:08 of the game. But Tatum bucketed five more points in OT, while Brown saved Marcus Smart from a potentially disastrous turnover in the final 30 seconds to keep the ball in bounds.

  • Brown and Horford made up for Tatum’s fourth-quarter sloppiness with clutch performances of their own, at both ends of the floor. Brown scored seven points in the fourth quarter and tied the game at 106-106 with just 18 seconds left in regulation, while Horford blocked two shots late in the fourth and drained a huge three with 90 seconds remaining.

    Boston needed every bit of that clutch shooting, because the Warriors maintained a lead throughout the third quarter, going up by as many as 11 points. Golden State led 97-89 with 7:55 left in regulation, but the C’s then closed on a 17-9 run to force overtime. The Warriors had four players score 20 points or more, including 29 for Stephen Curry and 24 for Klay Thompson.

    However, Curry went cold in the fourth quarter with just 1-for-7 shooting for two points, including 0-for-5 from three-point range. Thompson, meanwhile, didn’t score in the fourth quarter and fouled out with 1:02 left.

  • Highlights: Celtics 121, Warriors 118

  • Up Next: The Celtics get back to it on Saturday evening, when they take on the Toronto Raptors at Scotiabank Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. ET. You’ll be able to get the call of the game on 98.5 The Sports Hub and the Sports Hub App.

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