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Celtics Maintain Undefeated Streak in Boston with Victory over Cavaliers

BOSTON— Jayson Tatum had 25 points and 10 rebounds, Jaylen Brown also scored 25 and the Boston Celtics remained unbeaten at home with a 120-113 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA on Tuesday night.

Kristaps Porzingis had 21 points and 10 rebounds, Derrick White added 17 points and Boston held Cleveland scoreless for a stretch of 2 minutes. Cleveland came out strong and Boston wasn’t able to pull away until the final minutes. “This was a good win, especially with the way we started the game. It could have went south early,” Tatum said.

Donovan Mitchell had 29 points and Darius Garland scored 26 for the Cavaliers, who couldn’t overcome the cold stretch in the fourth quarter. The teams play again Thursday in Boston.

Max Strus added 17 points and nine rebounds for the Cavs, who set a season high with 19 3-pointers. Cleveland was coming off a 104-94 loss at Orlando on Monday night, when the Cavs scored just 15 points in the third quarter. “They came out very aggressive and we came out a little bit not as aggressive. They punched first,” said Porzingis.

Porzingis broke a 106-all tie when he earned back-to-back trips to the line midway through the fourth quarter and made all four free throws, then Tatum stepped back for a 3-pointer that put Boston up 113-106 with 4:26 remaining.

At 113-108, the Cavs began to catch up, but were not able to turn the game in their favor. “I think they were more organized offensively. They kind of knew what they wanted to get and they got to it and they made shots,” Cavs swingman Caris LeVert said.

Brown opened the second half with a layup, then hit a quick 3-pointer that put Boston up 64-61. Three straight 3-pointers by Mitchell put Cleveland right back in front and the Cavs continued to lead through the third quarter. At 57-all, a layup by Brown put Boston up 59-57 for the Celtics’ first lead of the game.