The Boston Celtics rolled to their third consecutive win Tuesday night with a 117-112 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers at TD Garden.
In another must-see TV matchup, these two teams battled all night with the Celtics eventually pulling away at the end.
Led by Kemba Walker, who led the team with 25 points, including two clutch free throws down the stretch, the Celtics held off the Clippers who was led by Paul George (32 points) and Reggie Jackson (25 points).
Celtics win despite Jayson Tatum having an off night
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There was no Kawhi Leonard in this game, but it was still an impressive victory for the Celtics who saw Jaylen Brown return to chip in 18 points and Jayson Tatum added just 14 points which made the victory even impressive.
In all, a solid victory by the Celtics who got solid play out of their bench performers also, primarily Robert Williams and Payton Prichard who knocked down four 3-pointers. After the game Brad Stevens lauded the value of his bench players.
“I think we’re getting better playing together with that group,” Stevens said, via Boston.com. “I think Rob’s threat at the rim really helps that. But those guys can’t just be bystanders. They’ve got to be aggressive; they’ve got to be assertive; they can’t play passive. And I thought that they backed that up a couple games in a row.”
Again, the Clippers weren’t at full strength, but the Celtics weren’t either.
Seeing the team start to find their stride during this three-game winning streak leads to these three takeaways from the 117-112 victory over the Clippers.