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Unbeatable at Home: Celtics Secure 12th Consecutive Win with Jayson Tatum’s 27 Points, Beating Cavs 116-107


Jayson Tatum’s 27-point performance and Jaylen Brown’s 22-point contribution fueled the Boston Celtics to a 116-107 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night, extending their flawless home record to 12-0.
This win marked Boston’s second consecutive triumph against the Cavaliers at TD Garden and their sixth win in seven overall games.
Kristaps Porzingis added 18 points, while Jrue Holiday and Derrick White contributed 15 and 14 points, respectively, for the Celtics, who currently hold the top spot in the Eastern Conference standings. Tatum showcased an all-around effort by securing 11 rebounds, with all five starters registering double-digit scores.
Donovan Mitchell led the Cavaliers’ charge with 31 points, with Caris LeVert and Darius Garland contributing 26 and 19 points, respectively. However, Cleveland suffered its third consecutive loss.
Despite the Cavaliers narrowing the double-digit lead to three points entering the final quarter, the Celtics regained control. Tatum’s exceptional plays, including a fadeaway and a step-back 3-pointer, pushed Boston to a 101-91 advantage with 8 1/2 minutes left.
While Cleveland attempted one final surge, reducing the deficit to 107-102 following LeVert’s driving basket, crucial plays from Holiday and Tatum, including a dunk, secured the Celtics’ win.
Despite trailing by double digits for most of the third quarter and appearing sluggish, the Cavaliers found momentum, particularly through Garland’s late efforts. Garland’s explosive plays, including a left-handed scoop and a crucial 3-pointer, closed the gap to 90-87 by the end of the third quarter.
In contrast to their previous matchup where Boston fell behind by 15 points in the first quarter, the Celtics showcased improved ball movement and perimeter shooting, capitalizing on the Cavaliers’ slow start to build a 14-point lead in the second quarter, highlighted by Brown’s right-corner 3-pointer.
Boston demonstrated efficiency by shooting 56.1% in the first half, including 8 of 17 from beyond the arc, resulting in a 65-54 halftime lead. Despite Mitchell’s 21 first-half points, the Cavaliers struggled from long range, missing 16 of 20 attempts. Additionally, every Cleveland player, except Mitchell, shot below 50% from the field in the opening half.
After a perfect 26-for-26 performance from the free-throw line in their previous game, Boston finished 17 of 20 from the foul line in this matchup.
In their upcoming games, the Cavaliers are set to host the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday night, while the Celtics will host the Orlando Magic in back-to-back games at TD Garden, starting Friday.

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