BOSTON — Jayson Tatum put the game away in the final moments of the fourth quarter Monday night to catapult the (29-12) Boston Celtics over the (19-22) Chicago Bulls, 107-99.
With 30 seconds left in the fourth quarter and the C’s only up 2 points, Tatum had the ball at halfcourt before the double team came to him. Tatum would then dish the rock to Al Horford for the corner three-pointer to extend the lead to 5 points.
The next possession, Derrick White got a rebound before shoveling an outlet pass to Tatum who got the and-1 slam with 12 seconds left to put the nail in the coffin. Tatum finished with 32 points.
C’s now extend their winning streak to three games, and it came at the hands of an eastern conference team.
“That was big. Regardless of their record, it’s a really talented team. Any given night, they can beat anybody,” said Tatum.
The C’s were without Marcus Smart as he still suffering from a knee injury. The next leading scorer for the C’s came off the bench with Grant Williams who finished with 20 points. G. Williams got back cut points, three’s, and drives to the basket. Malcolm Brogdon also dropped 11 off the bench as well. Jaylen Brown finished with 19 points.
The game was close for majority of the first half. The C’s led 59-50 at halftime. Boston was able to grab a 16-point lead in the second half, but Chicago began fighting back.
DeMar DeRozan had a quiet night, he suffered a knee injury in the third quarter and couldn’t find his rhythm. He finished with 13 points. Zach LaVine finished with 27 points.
C’s have the best record in the NBA and will hope to keep that and their winning streak alive against the New Orleans Pelicans in the Garden Wednesday.