Celtics inch closer to a 60-win season after 118-104 win over the Hornets

Photo courtesy of MGN

Photo courtesy of MGN

By Alexandria Evans

The Celtics are heading back to Beantown happy after finishing off their six-game road trip on a
winning note. Jayson Tatum and Sam Hauser led charge in the Hornets’ defeat. Tatum put up 25
points and ten rebounds, while Hauser came off the bench for Boston with another 25 points and
went 7-11 from beyond the arc.

Hauser has been on a red hot streak for weeks and continued his fiery performance after passing
Jayson Tatum for the most three-pointers in a three-game span. After his outstanding
performance Monday night, the 2021 draft pick was just one three-pointer away from tying the
franchise record for the most field goals made from beyond the arc by a Celtics reserve in a
single game.

Hauser wasn’t the only Celtics factor in the victory. Derrick White and Kristaps Porzingis posted
similar stat lines with White dropping 19 points, nine rebounds, and five assists, while Porzingis
recorded 20 points, seven rebounds, and five assists.

Monday night was another showcase of the Celtics ability to elevate role players in order to win
games. Though Boston has already secured a playoff spot and the Eastern Conference No.1 seed, they’re still fighting to finish their last regular season stretch, and officially secure the NBA No.1
overall seed entering the postseason.

The Celtics continue the fight Wednesday night at TD Garden vs. the OKC Thunder.