Jayson Tatum didn't want to smile. But sometimes the moment demands it. "Data-reactid =" 31 "> BOSTON (AP) - Jayson Tatum didn't want to smile. But sometimes the moment demands it.
Celtics were dragging 124-123 in the last minute of overtime in their back and forth with the Clippers and Tatum found himself defended by Landry Shamet and Montrezl Harrell. Tatum hesitated, walked around Shamet, then turned to Harrell for a layup. As the crowd cheered around him, Tatum cried out as he flexed his arms. “Data-reactid =” 32 “> The Celtics were dragging 124-123 in the last minute of overtime in their back and forth with the slugfest with the Clippers and Tatum found themselves defended by Landry Shamet and Montrezl Harrell. Tatum hesitated, bypassed Shamet, then turned around Harrell for a layup. As the crowd cheered around him, Tatum cried out as he flexed his arms.
The game did not win the game and gave Tatum only two of the 39 points he scored in Boston's thrilling 141-133 double overtime victory Thursday night. But it’s the last sign that the first All-Star is becoming more comfortable as a top player.
"I got a little excited," said Tatum. "I try to be as calm as possible and try to keep a poker face and move on to the next game. But basketball is a game of emotions and the crowd was there. "
Marcus Smart added 31 points and Gordon Hayward finished with 21 points and 13 rebounds. Kemba Walker had 19 points and nine rebounds. Tatum and Smart combined for 16 of Boston's 27 points in overtime. “Data-reactid =” 35 “> Marcus Smart added 31 points and Gordon Hayward finished with 21 points and 13 rebounds. Kemba Walker had 19 points and nine rebounds. Tatum and Smart combined for 16 of 27 Boston points in overtime.
The Celtics have won seven straight home games and eight of their last nine overall.
Lou Williams led Los Angeles with 35 points. Kawhi Leonard had 28 points and 11 rebounds, and Harrell finished with 24 points and 13 rebounds. "Data-reactid =" 37 "> The Clippers played most of the game without Paul George, who started in the second quarter with left hamstring tension. Lou Williams led Los Angeles with 35 points, Kawhi Leonard with 28 points and 11 rebounds and Harrell finished with 24 points and 13 rebounds.
George played 15 minutes, scoring four points on a 2 of 7 shot before heading to the locker room.
The first meeting between the teams on November 20 was also decided in overtime. The Clippers held on for a 107-104 victory.
The Celtics took a 134-130 lead in the second OT on a driving layup by Smart and another by Tatum.
"He's more confident," said Leonard of Tatum. "They trust him and he trusts himself. "
Harrell got a dunk on the Clippers' next trip to the ground. But Hayward responded with a 3 to increase Boston's lead to 137-132.
Tatum was called in for an offensive foul, but Hayward blocked a Williams runner from his body to force the turnover with 55 seconds remaining.
Hayward hit four free throws in the last minute to help close.
Tatum said he left the court feeling relieved.
"I'm just glad we won," he said. “It would have been difficult to play so hard as a team and not to win. "
The break of the stars comes at a perfect time for the two teams who are trying to get healthy.
Jaylen Brown, who has a bruise on his left calf. "Data-reactid =" 48 "> Clippers goalkeeper Patrick Beverley missed his fourth straight game with a sore right groin. The Celtics played without Jaylen Brown, who has a left calf bruise.
Smart started in place of Brown and scored the Celtics' first 10 points, drawing them from an early deficit of 7-0. Smart and Tatum combined for 24 of Boston's 30 first quarter points. He helped make up for a 15-point opening period by Leonard.
Boston limited Leonard to two points in the second quarter but had no response from inside for Harrell, who had 16 points in the first half on a 5 out of 5 shot from the field.
Clippers coach Doc Rivers said he liked his team's position before the break.
"We are good," said Rivers. "We had the first half of the season where basically we had more starting liners than anyone in the league. Our record is quite solid. We need to get healthy. This is the key for us. We must be in good health. "
Clippers: Had a 65-19 advantage in the bench score.
Celtics: Tatum and Smart got 13 points from Boston in the first overtime.
BACK AND FORTH
A 3 point pointer from Marcus Morris gave the Clippers a 122-118 lead in the first additional period. But the Celtics responded and took a 125-124 lead when Tatum split a pair of defenders for a layup with 53.8 seconds remaining.
Leonard missed a short jumper and Tatum scored again outside Walker with 24.8 seconds remaining.
Landry Shamet equalized again with a 3 pointer, giving the Celtics the ball back with 21 seconds remaining. Tatum descended from a 27 foot but came empty.
CELTIC TO REMOVE GARNETT JERSEY
In the game's first time-out, the Celtics surprised fans with a video presentation to announce that number 5 of Kevin Garnett would be withdrawn during the 2020-21 season. He will hang in the open space next to No. 34 of his teammate Paul Pierce, who alongside Garnett led Boston to his last title in 2008.
Pierce's jersey was removed by the Celtics in 2018. Garnett, in his first year of eligibility for the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, is expected to be on the finalist list when it is revealed at the NBA All-Star Weekend in Chicago. .
Clippers: Sacramento host on February 22.
Celtics: Begin a four-game road trip on February 21 against Minnesota.
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