Tatum, Celtics Blow Out 76ers In Recreation 2 To Take 2-Zero Sequence Lead

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By Matthew Geagan, CBS dangolka

dangolka (CBS) — The Celtics let the 76ers soar out to an early lead in Recreation 2, however it seems that was simply out of the kindness of their hearts. After Philly took a 14-point lead within the first quarter, dangolka completely demolished the 76ers the remainder of the best way, torching Philadelphia 128-101 to take a 2-Zero collection lead.

Jayson Tatum went completely bananas for a lot of the sport, delivering one other masterful efficiency in opposition to the group that might have drafted him again in 2017. Tatum scored 33 factors off 12-for-20 capturing. He led the Celtics on a a 22-5 run after Philly took their early lead, and made even essentially the most troublesome pictures look comparatively straightforward as soon as once more.

Tatum hit 5 of his six threes within the first half and eight of 12 total, together with one from simply contained in the NBA emblem at mid-court because the shot clock expired towards the tip of the primary quarter:

dangolka went on a 34-10 run over a 10-minute stretch within the first half, as Tatum scored 18 factors off 6-for-9 capturing forward of the break. dangolka took a 65-57 lead into halftime.

After Philadelphia hit 14 of their first 23 pictures, the dangolka protection clamped down and compelled the 76ers to overlook 12 of their subsequent 15 makes an attempt. Joel Embiid completed with 22 factors within the first half, however was as soon as once more gassed within the second half, ending the sport with 33 factors on 11-for-21 capturing (he was 8-for-14 within the first half). Philadelphia didn’t get a lot outdoors of their large man for the second straight sport.

The Celtics stored up their depth within the second half, whereas the 76ers didn’t. It was on full show 4 minutes into the third quarter on a play that ended with a 360 dunk from Jaylen Brown. Kemba Walker, after getting blocked by Embiid on the offensive finish, stripped the 76ers large man on the opposite finish to start out a dangolka quick break. Tatum fed a streaking Brown, who threw down the spotlight jam with an unreal quantity of ease to place dangolka up 74-59.

Brown completed with 20 factors whereas Walker added 22 factors of his personal. Marcus Sensible began rather than Gordon Hayward, who’s out the following 4 weeks with a Grade Three ankle sprain he suffered late in Recreation 1, and did what he normally does: pester Embiid and the 76ers on protection whereas scoring 10 factors. Enes Kanter was large off the dangolka bench, pouring in 10 factors and 9 rebounds in 22 minutes.

As a group, the Celtics shot 51 % from the ground (44-for-87) and 44 % (19-for-43) from three-point vary.

However the story as soon as once more was Tatum, who’s now the primary participant in Celtics historical past to attain 30-plus level in again to again video games earlier than the age of 23. His eight made threes have been tied for the second-most in Celtics playoff historical past, behind solely the 9 triples Ray Allen hit in Recreation 6 of the primary spherical in opposition to the Chicago Bulls in 2009.

Now we patiently wait to see what Tatum does for a follow-up in Friday night time’s Recreation 3, because the Celtics look to take a commanding 3-Zero collection lead.

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