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Tatum gets no help as Celtics routed in Game 2 of NBA Finals

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jayson Tatum found his scoring touch after a rare bad night of shooting in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, but it was the rest of his Boston Celtics teammates who were missing.

Now, instead of heading home in control of the Finals, the Celtics will need to regroup after a 107-88 loss to the Golden State Warriors on Sunday night that tied the series at one game apiece.

Tatum rebounded from a 3-for-17 shooting performance in Game 1 to lead Boston offensively with 28 points. But outside of a quick start from Jaylen Brown, he had no help and the Celtics had no response.

Boston shot 37.5 percent overall and struggled all night to do anything inside the 3-point line. When the Celtics’ outside shots cooled in the third quarter, the Warriors turned a tight game into a rout with a 35-14 blitz.

Boston recorded five turnovers and four baskets in the crucial third quarter, resulting in a 23-point deficit that was too much to overcome after the Celtics rallied 12 points after three to win Game 1 of the series.

Coach Ime Udoka cleared the bench for much of the fourth quarter, giving his starters the rest they needed after battling their way through a grueling seven-game Conference playoff streak. from the east.

If the Celtics are to bounce back when the series moves to Boston for Game 3 on Wednesday night, they’ll need some of Tatum’s supporting players to play a lot more like they did in Game 1 than Sunday.

Al Horford didn’t even shoot in the first half after leading the Celtics with 26 points in Game 1 and finishing with two points.

After making five 3-pointers and scoring 21 points in Game 1, Derrick White missed 9 of 13 shots and was limited to 12 points.

Brown made his first three shots and scored 13 points in the first quarter but went 1 for 11 the rest of the way, failing to back up Tatum.

Marcus Smart followed up a 7-on-11 shooting night in Game 1 by going just 1-of-6 on Sunday night. Throwing 19 turnovers that 33 points for the Warriors and Tatum didn’t help on the offensive side even though he was able to throw making 6 of 9 3-point attempts.


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