Jayson Tatum had 29 factors and an emphatic dunk to finish a clinching late run and the Boston Celtics beat the Atlanta Hawks 119-106 on Tuesday night time to take a 2-0 lead within the first-round playoff collection.
Derrick White added 26 factors and 7 rebounds, and Jaylen Brown scored 18 factors. Boston outscored Atlanta 64-40 within the paint.
Dejounte Murray led the Hawks with 29 factors, and Trae Younger had 24.
Sport 3 is Friday night time in Atlanta.
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Down by 20, the Hawks reduce it to single digits late within the third quarter.
With Atlanta trailing 74-57, Younger went to the bench and sat out the ultimate 7:07 of the interval, briefly visiting the locker room.
His teammates picked it up with out him, outscoring the Celtics 24-16 to tug inside 9 — at 90-81 — getting into the fourth.
Younger returned to start the ultimate interval and scored 4 straight factors with simply over 5 minutes to play to make it 104-95.
However the Celtics responded with a 15-2 run — bookended by a 3-pointer and dunk by Tatum — to get it again as much as 119-97 with 2:16 left.
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Whereas the Hawks introduced a greater taking pictures contact on Tuesday, the Celtics took their general vitality up a notch, repeatedly beating Atlanta down the courtroom in transition and outhustling Hawks to free balls.
One evident instance was within the second quarter when Brown pried the ball free as De’Andre Hunter drove by.
Malcolm Brogdon corralled it and tossed it forward a sprinting Brown, who had cut up between Younger and Dejounte Murray as they received caught ball watching.
After taking pictures themselves right into a gap in Sport 1, the Hawks ratcheted up their aggressiveness at the beginning of Sport 2.
They hit eight of their first 14 photographs to take an early 22-11 lead, answering coach Quin Snyder’s plea for his crew to not move up open photographs due to what transpired within the opener.
The Celtics responded by choosing issues up on the defensive finish, and through a four-plus minute stretch compelled 9 straight misses and 5 turnovers by Atlanta.
It helped Boston finish the opening quarter on a 17-3 run, punctuated by a 42-foot buzzer-beater by Brogdon.
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Hawks: After taking 22-11 lead within the first quarter, the Hawks had been outscored 29-10 over the following 10 minutes of recreation motion, committing six turnovers and taking pictures 4 of 16 from the sphere.
Celtics: Led 61-49 on the half. … Willliams’ missed putback on the 5:01 mark of the second quarter was his first miss of the collection. He had been 10 for 10 to the purpose. … Outscored the Hawks 18-6 within the paint within the first quarter.