Celtics bounce back, defeat Cleveland 117-113

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The Boston Celtics were able to get back to their winning ways Wednesday night, as they defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 117-113 at the Garden. All 5 starters scored in double figures for the Celtics, including Jayson Tatum, who scored 41 points on a very efficient 13/21 from the field. This was Tatum's 9th 40-plus point game of the season, a career high. JT also added 11 rebounds and 8 assists, 2 shy of what would have been his 3rd career triple double.
After taking a slim lead into the break, Boston was able to stretch the lead to 19 heading into the 4th, thanks to a 41-26 3rd quarter advantage. Al Horford was a huge part of that, as the OG scored a season high 23 points to go along with 8 boards. Despite a couple of great outings by Donovan Mitchell (44 points, 17/32 FG) and Darius Garland (29 points, 9 assists), the Celtics were able to hold the rest of the Cavs to 14/39 from the field, just 35.9%. The win takes the Celtics to 45-18 on the season, 1/2 a game back of Milwaukee for 1st place. The Celtics and Cavaliers will have one final matchup next Monday in Cleveland, with the Celtics looking for a win to even up the season series at 2-2. Boston will be back in action Friday night against the new look Brooklyn Nets, live on ESPN. For now, enjoy this historic stat line from JT tonight.