Jason Tatum solidified his status as the best player for the Boston Celtics as they took advantage of their return home to TD Garden to get back on the winning track with a 117-113 win over the defending champion Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night.
Jaylen Brown’s big comeback
Tatum shined in the fourth period, where he was virtually perfect, scoring 16 points for a total of 43 in a game in which Boston saw the return of Jaylen Brown, who had missed the last five games of the Celtics’ Western road trip with a right hamstring injury.
In addition to Tatum, there were five Celtics players who scored in double digits, the aforementioned Brown added 19 points, in addition to Grant Williams with 17 units, along with Robert Williams III and Al Horford, each with 10 points.
It was not the best game for Milwaukee’s Greek star Giannis Antetokounmpo, who finished the game with 20 points, the same as Jrue Holiday.
Khris Middleton out injured
The worst news for the Bucks was that Khris Middleton left the game in the third quarter after suffering a knee injury.
Boston came from behind, as they did not start the game well, at halftime they were down 64-56 and caught fire after the break to take the win.
The key play of the game was a three-point shot in the fourth period by Tatum that tied with an earlier one and made the score 114-96 with 2:15 minutes to play.
With this victory, Boston put its record at 14-14 and moved into ninth place in the Eastern Conference, while Milwaukee, with a record of 18-11, is third in the same sector.
What’s next for the Celtics and Bucks?
The next game for the Celtics will be next Friday when they host the Golden State Warriors.
The Bucks will host the Indiana Pacers next Wednesday.