Celtics beat Hawks to extend NBA winning streak to eight games

Jayson Tatum scored 38 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as the Boston Celtics extended their NBA winning streak to eight games on Sunday by beating the Atlanta Hawks 105-95.

The Celtics improved to 33-25, sixth in the Eastern Conference, with their 20th home win in 30 games while Atlanta fell to 26-30, 10th in the East.

“We just got healthy,” Tatum said of the reason for the streak. “It bothered us at the start of the season.

“There’s good and bad for us in the season, but we can’t lose sight of the goals we’re trying to achieve.

“We hope we can continue. We try to maintain it.”

Trailing 55-45 at halftime, the Celtics beat Atlanta 42-23 in the third quarter to pull away.

“We just played with a bit more pace,” Tatum said. “We started attacking more.”

Jaylen Brown added 17 points for the Celtics while Robert Williams contributed 10 points and 14 rebounds and Derrick White had 14 points off the Boston bench.

Trae Young led Atlanta with 30 points and 10 assists while Clint Capela grabbed a Hawks-high 17 rebounds, and Serbian guard Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 26 points off the bench in a losing cause.

In the NBA’s only other contest on Sunday of the NFL Super Bowl championship show, Anthony Edwards scored a game-high 37 points to propel the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 129-120 win at Indiana.

D’Angelo Russell added 23 points while Karl-Anthony Towns had 15 points and 13 rebounds for the T-Wolves, who improved to 30-27, seventh in the Western Conference.

Oshae Brissett had 22 points and 13 rebounds while Tyrese Haliburton had 22 points and 16 assists for Indiana, which lost its sixth straight game and slipped to 19-39, 13th in the East.

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