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Jayson Tatum erupts for 36 points as Celtics top Trail Blazers, 118-106

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With Kemba Walker sitting out his third straight game Tuesday versus the Portland Trail Blazers, the Celtics continued to lean on their other All-Star.

Jayson Tatum followed up his 41-point performance against the Lakers Sunday with another stellar showing, netting 26 of his game-high 36 points in the second half as the Celtics cruised to a 118-106 road win. All five starters were in double figures in scoring for the Celtics as Marcus Smart got the starting nod for Walker, who missed the game due to left knee soreness, and scored 12 points while Gordon Hayward and Daniel Theis also chipped in. The Celtics again didn’t get a ton of point production from their bench, but Brad Wanamaker had a steady performance by scoring 13 points.

Tatum got going by scoring 10 straight Boston points in the third quarter as he found his rhythm primarily from distance, draining treys from the corner, from straightaway and off of step-backs to help the Celtics run away with things and improve to 40-17.

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