Tatumが得点 32 彼の 50 後半のポイント, and the Celtics rallied to beat the Washington Wizards 118-100 in the play-in round on Tuesday night.
Kemba Walker added 29 points for Boston, which secured the seventh seed for the playoffs and a first-round matchup with second-seeded Brooklyn. That series opens on Saturday.
Tatum has drawn criticism at times for his quiet leadership style. He said Tuesday’s performance was how he wants to lead.
“I know that my teammates, I’ve earned their respect. I’ve earned the respect of the guys I play against,” 彼は言った. “I believe in myself. That’s all that matters.”
The Celtics struggled down the stretch, dropping 10 of their final 15 games of the season. Coach Brad Stevens said having to respond was in line with a season in which they had to fight through multiple players being unavailable because of injuries and stints in the league’s health and safety protocols.
“We’ve been through a lot, so we’re hardened in a lot of ways,” Stevens said. “We’ve been backs against the wall for most of the year. … It takes a lot of togetherness and it takes staying together through tough times.”
Washington hosts Indiana, which rolled over Charlotte in Tuesday’s other play-in game, for the eighth seed on Thursday. The winner of that game will face Philadelphia, the top seed for the Eastern Conference playoffs.
ブラッドリービールが得点 22 points for the Wizards. ラッセルウェストブルックが追加されました 20 ポイントと 14 リバウンド. Ish Smith had 17 ポイント. But the Wizards struggled from deep all night long, 行く 3 にとって 21 from the 3-point line.
“We couldn’t find it. We couldn’t find the basket,” coach Scott Brooks said. “We haven’t shot well all year long but we’re not a 3-for-21 shooting team.”
The Celtics played without second-leading scorer Jaylen Brown, who had season-ending wrist surgery last week. He sat courtside to support his teammates, but they missed his offensive production in the first half while they struggled to get into a flow.
That changed in the third quarter. Boston opened the second half on a 22-4 走る, opening a 74-58 鉛.
Boston followed Tatum’s lead. The All-Star forward created space for open jumpers and drew contact in the lane. 彼がいた 17 の 17 from the free-throw line.
Washington closed to 91-84 第4四半期に, but Boston responded with a 15-6 run to push the lead to 106-88 と 5:32 遊ぶ.
“We just didn’t do what we were supposed to do,” Westbrook said.
ビール, who is dealing with a tender left hamstring, didn’t have his usual explosiveness early on. He did his best to keep pace with Tatum and Walker, but the Wizards struggled with turnovers and cold outside shooting for most of the night.
Washington led 54-52 ハーフタイムで, 撮影 50% from the field and getting a boost from its reserves, which outscored its Boston counterparts 22-6 in the opening 24 分.
The Celtics didn’t help themselves by shooting just 35% in the half, 含む 29% (7 の 24) in the second quarter.
But Tatum was there to pick up the pieces when it mattered.
“Jayson was special,” Walker said. “It’s nothing new to me. I’ve been watching him put this work in for the last two years. … I‘m here for the ride.”
ウィザード: Beal and Westbrook both started slowly on offense, combining for six points on 2-of-9 shooting in the first quarter. … Raul Neto, who didn’t play in the final two games of the regular season because of a strained left hamstring, was in the starting lineup.
セルティックス: Tatum has scored 50 or more points three times this season. … Outscored the Wizards 38-26 国のトップディフェンシブチーム. … Scored 14 points off 11 Wizards turnovers in the first half.
BUMPS AND BRUISES
Marcus Smart missed Boston’s regular-season finale with a bruised right calf. He got tangled up with Beal late in the second quarter and appeared to injure his ankle. He limped off the court and went straight to the locker room with 3:34 遊ぶ. He returned to the bench, stretched it out with a rubber band and returned at the 2:46 マーク.
But the Celtics experienced another scary moment just over two minutes later when Tatum and Robert Williams collided near the baseline. Tatum was able to walk it off. But Williams, who had been a game-time decision with turf toe in his left foot, went to the locker room favoring his left leg.
Williams returned to start the third, but he played with a noticeable limp before being pulled less than two minutes into the period.