Tatum’s 31 points leads Celtics over Raptors 116-110

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TORONTO — Jayson Tatum’s 31 points led the (20-5) Boston Celtics to a 116-110 victory over the (12-12) Toronto Raptors Monday night, adding onto his MVP-like start to the season.

This win is Boston’s second consecutive W after losing to the Miami Heat on their double header in Boston. For Toronto, they had a lead going into the half at 62-58, but struggled to pull away with Fred Vanvleet only going 2-for-11 into the fourth quarter.

With under a minute left to go and the score 113-108, Jayson Tatum put up a floater from a few feet away that hits off the mark, but Blake Griffin was there to clean it up and put the game out of reach.

Nonetheless, this 31-point-performance is customary for Tatum at this point. Averaging 30 a night, he’s among the top five in scoring leaders in the NBA. He went 50% from deep and also finished with 12 rebounds.

As for the rest of the C’s, they also got their offense going as well. Jaylen Brown dropped a calm 22 points, eight rebounds, and eight assists. Marcus Smart hit four three’s and finished with 18 points. And Griffin also had 13 points.

Only eight Celtics got on the court, but every single one of them made it count. They all played well together winning the assist battle at 27-19.

The Raptors fought hard, but the eight points that Vanvleet put up hurt them. However, Pascal Siakam led the Raptors with 29 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists. Scottie Barnes finished with 21 points and Gary Trent Jr. finished with 21 off the bench.

The Celtics are still playing basketball like the best team in the NBA with the record to prove it. Despite no Al Horford playing in light of his two year extension, Boston is still finding ways to win. Malcolm Brogdon also did not play tonight for unknown reasons.

The C’s will head out west next to face the Phoenix Suns Wednesday.

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