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Celtics outlast T’Wolves 134-112 and extend winning streak to 6

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BOSTON (AP) — Jayson Tatum scored 34 points and Jaylen Brown had 31 points and 10 rebounds on Sunday night to help the Boston Celtics to their sixth straight win, 134-112 over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Celtics won for the 24th time in their last 28 games, and this one came at the expense of a team that until recently had been the second-best in the NBA. Minnesota is 12-5 since the All-Star break, winning 10 of 11 before back-to-back losses to Phoenix and Dallas this week.

Anthony Edwards scored 24 and Karl-Anthony Towns added 19 as the Timberwolves opened a four-game road trip with a loss, their third in four games.

The Celtics scored 13 of the first 15 points in the second quarter to open a double-digit lead that they never relinquished. It was 72-49 at halftime.

At the time, the only question was whether Tatum would move on to lead the NBA in scoring. He did, finishing the day with 1,923 points to pass Atlanta’s Trae Young (1,915) for the top spot.

The Celtics star already has one of the 15 best scoring seasons in Celtics history and has seven games left to become the seventh player in franchise history to top 2,000 points in a season. He would join John Havlicek, Paul Pierce, Larry Bird, Isaiah Thomas, Kevin McHale, Sam Jones.


The Celtics were without forward Al Horford, who missed the game for undisclosed personal reasons. Minnesota missed Malik Beasley, who left Friday night’s game with a sprained ankle.


The NBA fined Timberwolves forward Taurean Prince $15,000 on Sunday for making an obscene gesture on the court in their 116-95 win over Dallas. Late in the third quarter of Friday night’s game, Dallas’ Prince and Luka Doncic were called for technical fouls for exchanging words.


Robert Williams III had 13 points and 10 rebounds before limping off the court late in the third quarter, with the Celtics up 26, and did not return. The team said he had a sprained left knee. … Brown and Tatum tested their sore knees before the game and were cleared to play. … Towns was eliminated by a substitute late in the third quarter. He walked off the court and went straight to the locker room. … It’s the seventh time this year that Tatum and Brown have scored at least 30 each.


Timberwolves: In Toronto on Wednesday night.

Celtics: In Toronto on Monday night.


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