Celtics Capture 9th Straight Win to Surge Up Eastern Conference Playoff Race
The Boston Celtics were below .500 (23-24) on January 21, but the NBA’s hottest team in the last month is only getting better. The C’s won their ninth straight game last night by crushing the 76ers in a 48-point burial (135-87). Jayson Tatum (28) and Jaylen Brown (29) combined for 57 points. And just like that — winners in 11 of their last 12 — the Celtics (34-25) are 3.5 games back of the Eastern Conference lead. Boston is rising, and the East is on notice.
Watch: Celtics Crush 76ers (135-87) for 9th Straight Win
Other NBA Highlights
Giannis Gets Another 50-Piece: Giannis Antetokounmpo poured in a season-high 50 points on Tuesday night in the Bucks’ win over the Pacers (128-119). His first 50-piece of the season was also his 7th game with 40-or-more points.
Trae Young Drops 41: The Hawks bested the Cavs (124-116) behind Trae Young’s 41 points and nine assists.
Towns Goes Off in Wolves Win: The Timberwolves held off the Hornets in overtime (126-120, OT) behind Karl-Anthony Towns’ 39-point, 15-rebound performance.
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