A few days ago, I stated that the Boston Celtics will be a problem. Jayson Tatum lead the Celtics to a 114-103 win over the Utah Jazz to finish their road trip. Tatum had 33 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Celtics over the skidding Utah Jazz 114-103 on Wednesday night. He matched Donovan Mitchell shot for shot during the second quarter after Mitchell sparked the Jazz offense. The two third-year players combined for 16 baskets and 38 points over that 12-minute stretch. Both of these 3rd year players put on a clinic for the entire world to see. For Tatum, it marked his third consecutive game with at least 30 points while shooting 60% or better from the field. Kevin McHale was the last player to accomplish that feat, in March 1987.
Tatum went 13 of 20 from the floor overall and made three 3-pointers. His efforts helped the Celtics finish 3-1 on a road trip out West. Tatum’s efficiency and explosiveness on offense rubbed off on his teammates. Jaylen Brown added 20 points and Smart had 17 for Boston. All five starters scored in double figures. Mitchell scored 37 points to lead Utah. Mike Conley chipped in with 15 and Royce O’ Neale added 14 for the Jazz, who lost their fourth straight game — all at home. The win put the Celtics one game behind the Raptors for that second spot in the Eastern Conference. Will the Celtics look the same when Kemba Walker return? Either way, the Celtics defeat Jazz to end road trip on high note.