Boston Celtics

Career night for Jayson Tatum, and Celtics needed every point to win


The Celtics were on the brink of another embarrassing loss, trailing by 17 early in the third quarter to the league-worst Minnesota Timberwolves, who played nothing like an alsoran for the first 30 minutes.


The Celtics won despite an abysmal defensive first half, and then a late breakdown that allowed Minnesota to score 13 points in the final 2:41 of regulation.


Tatum scored his 50th point on a driving dunk to open the overtime period, and Walker gave the Celtics cushion with a pair of 3-pointers.


Minnesota played valiantly, depending on D’Angelo Russell — who banked in the tying 3 with 9.7 seconds left in regulation — for 26 points.


Former All-Star Karl-Anthony Towns led the Timberwolves with 30 points despite constant paint battles with Marcus Smart, Tristan Thompson, and Robert Williams.


⋅ With the Celtics having three big men in their rotation with Thompson, Williams, and Luke Kornet, Tacko Fall was placed on the inactive list.






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