In the second game of the NBA’s play-in tournament, the No. 7 Boston Celtics took on the No. 8 Washington Wizards in order to determine which team would face the Brooklyn Nets in the opening round of the playoffs and which team would meet the Indiana Pacers on Thursday night to determine the No. 8 seed in the East.
While the Wizards held a halftime lead, Jayson Tatum exploded in the third quarter for 23 of his 50 points to help the Celtics open up a lead against Washington that they would never give up. In the end, the Celtics came away with a 118-100 win.
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Now, Boston will set their sights on Brooklyn while Washington has to quickly turn their attention to what Indiana can bring to the table following their blowout win over the Charlotte Hornets earlier Tuesday night. We’ll find out soon enough who the final team in the Eastern Conference playoffs will be but the Celtics don’t have to worry about their positioning after tonight’s win.