BOSTON (AP) – Ayon Tatum averaged 53 career points, including 18 in the fourth quarter և extra time, and the Boston Celtics went on to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 145-136 on Friday night.
It was the All-Star game’s first 50-point game, beating its previous high of 41 points. ay Eileen Brown had 26 points. Marcus Smart added 24 points, eight assists and six rebounds to help Boston win its fourth game in five games.
In the third quarter, Boston eliminated what was a 17-point deficit; in the fourth quarter, it led by eight, while Minnesota gathered to send it to OT.
At the start of extra time, the Celtics grew again, with Walker scoring 3-1 at 135-129. Minnesota won 135-132 through a three-point game by D’Angelo Russell. But for the rest of the season, Boston beat the Timberwolves 10-4.
Carl-Anthony Towns led the Timberwolves with 30 points and 12 shots. Russell finished with 26 points and Anthony Edwards with 24.
The Celtics opened the fourth quarter with a score of 15-3, gaining the first advantage of the second half, 101-100, as a result of the free throws of the Walker pair.
Tatum’s corner kick increased Celtics’ lead to 118-107.
Minnesota reduced it to 122-119, leaving Russell 3 at 1:29. Then, following Boston breaking the clock, Russell entered an undisputed lineup.
Tatum missed from deep 3, and Russell missed his own experience on the ball from deep. It was restored by Walker, who received it from Tatum in exchange for a dump that made it 124-121.
On the way out of the timeout, Towns was trapped, but reached Russell, who banked 27 feet to reconnect it with 8.6 seconds on the clock.
Tatum looked good in the last Boston Rule, but jumped off the edge.
Timberwolves. In OT games it fell 0-4. The First Half kept the score at 26-12. First In the first quarter, he made 11 assists in 15 field goals. … Ay Eileen Novell (right bruise) և Malik Beasley (left fracture) were both out.
Celtics. Improved 1-2 in overtime games this season. Վան Evan Fournier (Health և Safety Protocol) missed his third game in a row.
Timberwolves. Sunday host bulls.
Celtics. Three open game tours in Denver on Sunday.
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