Celtics Game Report: Boston Fights Back to Beat Hawks, 108-97; Jaylen Brown Leaves With Right Ankle Sprain


The Boston Celtics beat the Atlanta Hawks Tuesday night, 108-97, though they lost Jaylen Brown to a right ankle sprain.

Boston was able to fight back from a first-half deficit, being down 65-51 at the half — a half where they lost Brown — but coming out of the gates hot in the second half, going on a 14-point run to even it up at 65-65. From there, the two teams traded baskets for the rest of the third quarter, with Boston being up 82-78 at the end of the quarter.

The Celtics were able to come out strong yet again in the fourth quarter, building off of their third-quarter momentum and pulling away with the 11-point win.

Jayson Tatum led in Celtics scoring with 33, also making seven assists. Derrick White — in Brown’s absence — and Grant Williams both had 18, while Marcus Smart added 16 points and Robert Williams grabbed 13 rebounds.

Boston will continue their three-game homestand Thursday vs. the Grizzlies, with tipoff being at 7:30 p.m. EST before they host the Nets Sunday at 1:00 p.m. EST to close out the homestand. The Celtics move to 37-27 on the season and are sixth in the Eastern Conference, just 5.0 games back of the Heat (41-27) who are in first place.

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