Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum every scored 31 factors and the Boston Celtics led practically the whole means, holding off the Atlanta Hawks for a 129-121 victory Sunday evening and commanding 3-1 lead within the opening-round playoff collection.
The Celtics can ship the clincher Tuesday evening when the collection returns to Boston for Sport 5.
Tatum and Brown mixed to attain Boston’s last 16 factors.
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Brown, who has been sporting a protecting masks after sustaining facial contusions in February, took off the system after making only one of seven photographs. He went 11 of 15 the remainder of the best way.
Boston by no means trailed after grabbing a 4-3 lead on Derrick White’s basket simply over a minute into the sport.
Tatum delivered an enormous 3-pointer off a unfastened ball with two minutes remaining, pushing the Celtics to a 118-106 lead.
After Trae Younger swished a protracted 3 to supply Atlanta’s final gasp, Brown knocked one down from past the arc seal it for the Celtics.
Marcus Good added 19 factors and Derrick White 18 for the Celtics.
Younger had one other massive sport for Atlanta with 35 factors, nevertheless it wasn’t sufficient. De’Andre Hunter chipped in with 27 and DeJounte Murray had 23.
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Hunter ripped off eight straight factors, together with a few 3s, after which delivered a thunderous dunk that introduced the Hawks inside 53-49.
However Boston closed the primary half on a 12-4 spurt, capped by Good’s 3-pointer that despatched the guests to the locker room with a 65-53 lead and sapped numerous power from the house crowd.
The Celtics tenaciously protected their edge all through the third interval.
Younger hit a protracted 3-pointer that introduced the Hawks inside three, however Boston acquired the final shot and put the ball in Good’s arms. The Celtics cleared the center of the courtroom so he might blow by Bogdan Bogdanovic, laying it in for a 92-87 lead heading to the ultimate quarter.
Good was within the Celtics lineup and appeared simply positive after a tough fall close to the tip of Sport 3.
He landed on his tailbone whereas battling for a rebound, prompting Boston to checklist him as a game-time resolution. However coach Joe Mazzulla declared his guard “good to go” nicely forward of tipoff.
KEEPING IT CLEAN
The primary week of the playoffs has been marred by flagrant fouls, ejections and suspensions.
There have been no main points within the Celtics-Hawks collection, although Younger did choose up a flagrant foul for grabbing Tatum’s arm on a drive by way of the lane within the third quarter.
“I feel it’s been a clear collection,” Hawks coach Quin Snyder stated. “Physicality isn’t essentially mistaken. It’s a part of the sport. You will be bodily. I feel the phrase is ‘aggressiveness’ as a lot as something. Each groups have performed that.”
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Celtics: After getting outrebounded 48-29 in Sport 3, Boston got here out way more decided on the boards. They held a 19-9 edge on the finish of the primary quarterback, 32-20 at halftime and completed with a 53-52 edge.
Hawks: Corridor of Famer Dominique Wilkins missed his second straight sport as commentator on the Hawks regional telecast due to an sickness. He’s anticipated to return for Sport 5.