11/16/21 By Sophia Giordano
The Boston Celtics defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night in a matchup that came down to the final seconds. Dannis Schroder had six points in the final 76 seconds, leading the Celtics to a 98-92 victory. Jayson Tatum led the team with 23 points, eight rebounds, five assists, and two blocks.
This win split the two-game set between Boston and Cleveland, as the Cavaliers got the win over the Celtics on Saturday. Darius Garland made two free throws with seconds to go and completed a 19 point comeback in their 91-89 victory.
“That last game didn’t leave a good taste, so we wanted to get back to our winning ways,” Tatum said during the postgame press conference. “You’ve got to find a way, whatever it takes, and we competed and had good communication. I think we’re all starting to get on the same page.”
Cleveland’s Evan Mobley finished with just one point before leaving the court in the fourth quarter with an elbow injury. The Cavaliers’ leading scorer Collin Sexton is also out indefinitely with torn cartilage in his knee.
“If you want to make excuses all night, that’s fine, but we can’t be complaining that this guy is out or that guy is missing,” Rubio said postgame. “Everybody goes through a lot in this league, so it’s about taking care of your teammates.”
The Celtics have finished several of their last games in the final minutes, with a few overtime and last-second victories under their belt this season. They travel to play the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday.