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NBA: Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum lead Celtics to defeat Rockets


Jaylen Brown #7 of the Boston Celtics and Jayson Tatum #0 follow during the first half against the Philadelphia 76ers at TD Garden on October 18, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts.

FILE–Jaylen Brown #7 and Jayson Tatum #0 of the Boston Celtics. Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

Jaylen Brown scored 39 points and Jayson Tatum added 38 points to become the NBA’s second 1,000-pointer this season as the Boston Celtics overcame the Houston Rockets 126-102 on Tuesday night.

Boston hit 47.3% for the game and was 20 of 56 (35.7%) from long range, setting the franchise record for most 3-pointers in a regulated game. Brown and Tatum each hit six times three times.

Robert Williams III had 11 points and 15 rebounds while Tatum added eight rebounds and four assists in Boston’s third straight win.

Jalen Green has the highest 28 points on the team and Kevin Porter Jr. contributed 22 points and 9 assists to the Rockets, who have lost six of their past seven games.

The Celtics, seven-man lead after halftime, led 92-81 after the third inning. Boston’s Grant Williams sank three points in a row and Malcolm Brogdon (six points, eight assists) put Robert Williams on a dribble to take an 8-0 lead before Green hit the first half for a second. Houston.

Boston crossed the 100-point mark 9-3 to start the fourth round, including another Brogdon-to-Robert Williams connection.

Houston turned around within 10 after Jabari Smith Jr. and Porter sank 3 pointers, but Marcus Smart, Brown, and Tatum all hit from deep, forcing the Rockets to timeout with 4:32 remaining in the 113-97 game.

The Celtics had a 34-21 lead in the fourth inning.

A Brown steal and Tatum windmill dunk came in a quick 7-2 period, putting an exclamation point on Boston’s eighth straight home win over Western Conference rivals. since last season.

The Rockets continued their winning momentum on Monday in Chicago, taking a 13-5 lead after Smith and Kenyon Martin Jr. (17 points) hit consecutive treys.

Boston responded with a 10-2 scoreline, and shortly after, Robert Williams’ header gave the Celtics a 19-18 lead.

Al Horford’s three-pointer made it 6-0 to end the second half with five draws and four changes to the leader. The Celtics lead 56-49 after halftime.

Green was busy trying to keep Houston in the third inning, going 7/9 from the field and scoring 18 points in the frame.

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