The Boston Celtics were sluggish out the gate Monday night, but they overcame their slow start to beat the Toronto Raptors handily.
Credit Jayson Tatum for that.
The Raptors had no answer for the 22-year-old star as he went off for 40 points and six rebounds in the win. Rookie Payton Pritchard was outstanding as well, continuing the stellar start to his rookie campaign with 23 points and eight assists off the bench.
Here’s a complete recap of the C’s second straight win:
FINAL SCORE: Celtics 126, Raptors 114
CELTICS RECORD: 5-3
Tremont Waters gets the start in place of Marcus Smart and quickly makes his presence felt with a deep 3-pointer:
Rookie Payton Pritchard shows no fear on this strong drive to the basket:
Jayson Tatum brings the Celtics within four points with a 3 early in the second quarter:
Pritchard continues to make an impact off the bench with a smooth jump hook shot:
Pritchard from downtown:
Tatum’s stellar night continues early in the third quarter with a fadeaway jumper:
Tatum goes off for 26 in the first half:
Jaylen Brown gets the friendly roll on the floater:
Wednesday, Jan. 6: Celtics at Heat, 7:30 p.m. ET