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Celtics v Mavericks Conclusions: Jayson Tatum Wins MVP Battle of Favorites

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Luka Doncic placed on a present at TD Backyard on Wednesday evening, nevertheless it was the Boston Celtics who beat the Dallas Mavericks 125-112.

OC’s burst to 70 factors within the first half. They took a 21-point lead within the third quarter, and whereas the Mavs made it fascinating down the stretch, it was too late in opposition to Jayson Tatum and Co.

Tatum (37 factors) confronted Doncic (42 factors) within the MVP battle favourites. The distinction is that Tatum had assist from his supporting forged. Jaylen Brown (31 factors) helped help Doncic’s declare that he and Tatum are the most effective duo within the NBA. Six Celtics gamers scored in double figures.

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The Celtics’ subsequent recreation is Friday evening’s conflict with the Sacramento Kings. Listed below are three takeaways from Wednesday’s victory, which takes their file to 14-4.

Jayson Tatum’s ankle is ok

Tatum’s standing for this recreation was in query, as he was listed on Tuesday’s Celtics damage report with a sprained left ankle. He was cleared to play lower than two hours earlier than kick-off, and the damage did not appear to hassle him one bit.

Most NBA gamers can be thrilled to finish a recreation with Tatum’s stat line within the first half. The Celtics star entered halftime with 23 factors, eight rebounds, two assists and a block.

Within the MVP Candidates matchup, Tatum made an announcement in opposition to favored Doncic. He scored his eighth double-double of the season halfway by means of the third quarter. He put an exclamation level on the matchup when he handed Doncic for a dunk late within the fourth quarter, then rebuffed him on the rim quickly after.

Tatum completed with 37 factors, 13 rebounds, 5 assists and two blocks. The 24-year-old as soon as once more excelled at reaching the charity strip and shot 13-of-15 from the road. This continues to be a recipe for fulfillment.

Luka Doncic cannot do all of it

Doncic did his greatest to get his group on their again. The NBA scoring chief and MVP favourite had a game-high 42 factors on 17-of-28 taking pictures. It was one other MVP-caliber efficiency from the Mavs celebrity, nevertheless it wasn’t sufficient to maintain up with the extra level-headed Celtics.

The stark stat for Doncic: only one help till the three:57 mark within the third quarter. The shortcoming to have interaction others – one thing Doncic normally excels at (8.1 assists per recreation) – was a problem for a lot of the evening. Whereas he completed with 9 assists and helped Dallas rally within the second half, it was too late.

Doncic additionally completed with 9 rebounds. The 23-year-old turns into the second-fastest participant in NBA historical past to succeed in 7,500+ factors, 2,000+ rebounds and a pair of,000+ assists, trailing solely the nice Oscar Robertson.

Simply because the Celtics bounced again from Monday’s loss to the Chicago Bulls, so did Al Horford.

The veteran middle topped his 0-for-9 efficiency (0-7 3-PT) and was key to Boston’s win on Wednesday evening. Actually, he was good. He drilled all 4 of his 3-point makes an attempt and completed 5-of-5 from the ground.

Horford ended their evening with a clutch 3 that elevated the Celtics’ result in 12 factors with 3:23 left within the fourth quarter. The 36-year-old added 5 rebounds, 4 assists and a block to assist propel Boston to victory.

It is clear that the off evening in opposition to Chicago was merely a blip on the radar. To date in November, Horford has scored lower than 10 factors simply twice in 10 video games and shot 55 p.c from the ground. He’ll attempt to proceed on Friday in opposition to Sacramento.

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