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Tatum's 22, 3-Pointers Lift Celtics Over Hornets, 116-86

READ MORE: 5-Alarm Fire In Lawrence Destroys Several Multi-Family Homes The Celtics trailed by nine in the first quarter before taking command in the third, outscoring the Hornets 40-27 for a 28-point lead.

Williams said he thinks a big part of their recent success defensively is simply that they are trusting each other more on that end of the floor.

Hayward’s injury derailed his first chance to play against his former club Sunday after he declined a player option with the Celtics last offseason and was dealt to the Hornets, ending his disjointed three-year stint in Boston.

READ MORE: Most Massachusetts Elementary School Students Will Return To In-Person Classes Monday Hornets coach James Borrego acknowledged before the game that the injuries would require his team to collectively find new ways to score, saying they couldn’t rely too heavily on Rozier or Graham.

… Semi Ojeleye (left side strain) and Tristan Thompson (post health and safety protocols reconditioning) were both out.

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