Games missed by Kemba Walker this season have drawn more attention to his Boston Celtics teammate Jayson Tatum.
When that happens, it puts a greater premium on those around Tatum to elevate their play and make teams pay for focusing on the All-Star.
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Tatum, who had 33 points in the C’s 114-103 win over Utah, is on the kind of scoring binge that has set him apart not just from his teammates, but from most of the top players in the NBA.
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His play set the tone for Boston’s strong start against Utah, but the Jazz got back into the game and made it a back-and-forth tussle for most the final three quarters.
The Celtics began to separate themselves in the fourth, getting solid contributions from bench players at both ends of the floor to pull away for another win – their 11th in their past 13.
Here are a few takeaways from a solid win that closes a strong 3-1 trip west:
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