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Jayson Tatum scored 27 factors — 13 within the fourth quarter — to guide the Boston Celtics to a 111-94 win over the host Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder on Saturday night time.
The Celtics hadn’t led till the fourth quarter, once they blitzed the Thunder with a 21-2 run to start out the quarter and achieve management.
After Boston battled again to tie it within the opening minutes of the fourth, newly acquired Luke Kornet, making his Celtics debut, drained a 3-pointer to provide the Celtics their first lead lower than two minutes into the fourth, then hit one other on the following possession to place Boston’s run into overdrive.
The Thunder missed their first eight pictures of the fourth and turned the ball over thrice because the Celtics went from trailing by 4 coming into the quarter to main by as many as 18 factors.
Boston scored 26 factors off 18 Oklahoma Metropolis turnovers.
Whereas the Thunder struggled on the offensive finish late, the Celtics began the fourth 9 of 12 from the ground.
Whereas Tatum and Kornet performed main roles within the fourth, Jaylen Brown helped put the Celtics in place to tug the sport out late.
Brown scored 13 of his 25 factors within the third quarter to assist Boston keep shut.
Theo Maledon led the Thunder with 22 factors.
Moses Brown had profession highs in factors (21) and rebounds (23). He had 17 factors and 19 rebounds at halftime.
It was Brown’s fourth double-double in six video games.
The Thunder have been already with out main scorer Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and their depth took an extra hit with the announcement earlier than the sport that veteran Al Horford would sit for the remainder of the season.
Early within the third, they misplaced Luguentz Dort as a consequence of concussion-like signs.
The Celtics have been additionally short-handed, with Kemba Walker sitting for relaxation on the second night time of a back-to-back.
Evan Fournier, who was acquired in a Thursday commerce with Orlando, didn’t make his Celtics debut as a result of league’s well being and security protocols.
–Subject Stage Media