Jayson Tatum Takes NBA Lead in Total Points as Celtics Beat Pelicans, 107-97, Behind Hot Start

Celtics' Jayson Tatum

The Boston Celtics came out scorching hot Saturday night before picking up a 107-97 win over the Pelicans. The win, which was led mainly by Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, over New Orleans puts them above .500 on the season.

Boston found themselves up 27-8 with two minutes left in the first quarter after Tatum and Brown combined for the team’s first 16 points. The Celtics ended the half up by nearly 20, with the score at 52-34.

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The Pelicans did start inching closer in the third quarter, cutting the deficit to just 10 by the end of the quarter, but they could never break past a seven-point deficit. Boston would maintain their lead throughout the affair, grabbing the 107-97 victory.

Tatum and Brown combined for 69 points, with Tatum logging 38. With Tatum’s 21st point, he surpassed Trae Young for the NBA lead in total points scored. Rob Williams also added a beefy four blocks and 16 boards.

Boston will return home for Monday’s Celtics-Heat contest at 7:30 p.m. EST.

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