FINAL, Celtics 128, Portland 124: The Celtics resist a furious performance from Damian Lillard (30 points) in the second half to win over Portland, after leading up to 24 points.
Gordon Hayward seals it with two free throws, and after Jayson Tatum bounces back from a cold Friday night performance to score 21 of his 33 points in the first half, Jaylen Brown ends with the bulk of his performance of 30 points and six trees. at the bottom of the section.
4, 06.8: Brad Stevens disputes a loose ball call on Daniel Theis and the lead Celtics, 125-122, and loses his offer. Nurkic scores the layup after the Celtics closed the 3-point line.
4th,: 26.9: Anthony hits a big 3-point pointer and Tatum’s pass to Hayward is whistled for a backcourt violation bringing the ball up.
4th,: 31.8: Jaylen Brown, star of the fourth today, buries his sixth 3-pointer from the right corner for a 125-119 lead.
4, 1:07: Hayward was fouled off the post by Anthony and struck twice for a 122-119 lead.
4, 2:16: Jaylen Brown responds to a CJ McCollum three with a lean of the lane for a 118-116 lead. Sadly, Trent Jr. gives Portland a one-point lead with a 3-point score. Hayward picks it up from the midrange.
4, 3:03: Jusuf Nurkic, a problem all night, reduced the Celtics’ lead to three points with another crushing finish at the rim for his 28th point.
4, 4:01: Gordon Hayward hits twice after taking the foul in transition for a 114-109 lead, after Jaylen Brown hit another big 3-point pointer. Brown now 5-7 from downtown.
4, 5:36: Tatum regains the advantage (106-105) by taking out the dribble for a three-point play. Trent Jr. responds with a three. Brown, on an offensive board from Kanter, hits a top three for a 109-108 lead.
the 4, 7:02: Brown, with a leaky dunk, reduced Portland’s lead to 105-103. But after leaving their momentum in the half-time locker room, the Celtics are now jostling. Even Tatum, with seven points in the second half, calmed down.
4, 9:11: MmcCollum is good for the game’s first lead in Portland, although Brown returned to tie the game at 101-101. Whiteside with floater regains the lead.
4, 10:29 am: CJ McCollum reduced the Celtics’ lead to three points. The Celtics’ worst quarter of the night, the third, allowed Portland’s dangerous perimeter attack to wake up. Lillard, after a 1-6 in the first half, has 25 points on 6-14 shooting.
4, 11:18 am: Tatum converts a smart flight, but Lillard has now warmed up. The Celtics lead on four points.
End of 3rd, Celtics 94, Portland 86: Portland, with CJ McCollum and Gary Trent Jr. warming up from a 3-point range, eventually cut what had been a 24-point lead for the Celtics, reducing it to eight points at the end of the quarter. Damian Lillard’s four-point game with 51 seconds left in the quarter reduced the Celtics’ lead to six points, before Walker led for his 14th point. Walker, who played 22 minutes, is unlikely to return for the fourth.
3rd, 756: After allowing a brief foray into Portland, the Celtics open up again, including the desperation of Tatum, a late trey after struggling to retrieve a loose ball, and push back a 20-point lead (78-58) on Jaylen Brown’s transition dunk.
Halftime, Celtics 67, Portland 48: Jayson Tatum’s memory lasts around 18 minutes today, which is the time the Celtics forward spent in the first half today. This is also the time it took Tatum to score 21 points, including four 3-pointers. But overall, facing considerably weaker coverage than Friday night against the Bucks, the Celtics were in a flow early on. Tatum, Gordon Hayward, Kemba Walker and Enes Kanter totaled 18 for 26 in the first 24 minutes.
2, 3:33: The Celtics, with the kind of nighttime shooting that can save any team, have already strengthened their advantage to 22 points (58-36) while doing a good job against Damian Lillard (1-5). Lillard, Carmelo Anthony and CJ McCollum shoot a 5-for-15 combination.
2, 7:51 am: Jayson Tatum hits his third trey with the left elbow. Now has 12 points in 12 minutes. Overall, the Celtics are shooting 9 for 14 (63.4%) from downtown.
End of 1st, Celtics 37, Portland 24: Power forward Carmelo Anthony tries to back Tatum, who responds with an extension block to smother Portland’s last possession of the quarterback. Walker, Hayward and Tatum shoot a combined 8 for 11.
1st,: 35: Tatum doesn’t even see his defender this time. One bomb off the dribble for a 37-24 lead.
1st, 1:53: Tatum hits a 10-foot fadeaway, smoothly, in a beat, for his first mark.
1st, 4:24: Enes Kanter’s early appearance translates into a pair of easy looks, the first when Hayward (two three so far) draws a crowd and hits the rolling Celtic center. The Celtics are also 5-7 from downtown at the moment, with three players combined for all five.
1st, 6:13 am: Jusuf Nurkic has had some success inside, but the Celtics are much better connected right now and lead 16-11. Kemba Walker opened in his microwave role and now has eight points in his first five minutes on a 3-3 shot, including a pair of treys. Tatum was still looking for his range – missed his only attempt from downtown.
1st, 9.46am: Walker arrives from downtown, having also driven. Hayward follows with a three on a Tatum feed. About this need for a better start….
Trick : The Celtics start out the same – Walker / Brown / Tatum / Hayward / Theis. Check it out. They have to start a lot better and not rely on Marcus Smart to be a game-changer when he checks in.
Welcome to today’s Celtcs live blog, with Jayson Tatum looking to bounce back from his 2-on-18 stumble against the Bucks, and the third-seeded C looking to regain ground after teams on either side. from them (Toronto in second in the East, Miami in fourth) notched big wins on Saturday.
Some things to look for:
KEMBA WALKER: The point guard looked explosive during his 19-minute stint against the Bucks – he was held out of the fourth quarter in a very winnable game – and will see his number of minutes increase to a window of between 17 minutes and 23 minutes today.
JUSUF NURKIC: The Portland strongman is back and changing the nature of a Blazers team fighting for a playoff berth. Among other things, the Nurkic screening enhances Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum’s games even further.
“And now, with screens this high, they can open up a screen this high and shoot,” said Brad Stevens. “So now it just changes the dynamics of a game. It’s so much more spread out. So the good reviewers, the high energy guys make a huge difference. They have a bunch of good filters. Again, their guards are super special at scoring the ball.
JAYSON TATUM: He scored 36 points in the Celtics’ only game against Portland this season – one win – and hasn’t had two consecutive bad performances all season.
“I don’t lose sleep over it,” Stevens said.