Highlights: Dominant fourth quarter leads Celtics to 7th consecutive win
The Celtics stretched their current winning streak to seven games Monday night, beating the Oklahoma City Thunder 126-122 at TD Garden. The victory came in dramatic fashion, by way of a fourth-quarter comeback.
Oklahoma City outscored Boston in each of the first two quarters, then the teams tied in the third. After trailing by as many as 15 points midway through the third quarter, the Celtics found themselves down by seven to start the fourth quarter.
Marcus Smart played a big role in helping the Celtics overcome that late deficit. He had 10 points and four assists in the fourth quarter alone, as the Celtics outscored the Thunder 37-26 in the final frame. Smart finished the game with 22 points, eight assists and five rebounds.
Jayson Tatum led the Celtics in scoring once again, putting up 27 points. He added 10 rebounds for a double-double. That performance makes Tatum the NBA’s leading scorer, as he entered the day eight points behind Kevin Durant of the Nets.
On the defensive end Tatum was just as dominant. He had three blocks and three steals in this one.
Right behind Tatum was Jaylen Brown, who had 26 points and six assists on the night. Al Horford was a key contributor as well with a 12-point, 11-rebound double-double. Off the bench, Derrick White scored 16 points, was a team-high plus-21, and hit a number of key shots late.
For the Thunder, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led all scorers with 37 points. Lou Dort had 21.
With the win, the Celtics are now 11-3 on the season. The win, coupled with a Milwaukee Bucks loss to the Atlanta Hawks, moves the Celtics into sole possession of first place in the Eastern Conference.
The Celtics get back at it on Wednesday, when they visit the Hawks in Atlanta. Coverage of that game begins with pregame at 7 p.m. on 98.5 The Sports Hub and the Celtics Radio Network.