Takeaways from the Celtics-Cavaliers game: Tatum outduels Mitchell in win for C’s

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Last year, the Cleveland Cavaliers were a formidable opponent for the Boston Celtics, as they emerged victorious in three of their four contests against the Celtics.

This week, the Celtics have defeated the Cavaliers in consecutive games, with the most recent victory coming on Thursday night at TD Garden. The Celtics appear to be determined to change the course of the 2023–24 season, and they are off to a terrific start.

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The Celtics held a lead for the most of the game; however, by the time the third quarter came to a close, the Cavaliers had reduced the Celtics’ advantage to 90-87. At the end of the fourth quarter, the C’s were able to pull away and clinch a victory by a score of 116-107, bringing their overall record to an NBA-leading 18-5.

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Additionally, Boston has won 19 consecutive regular-season home games dating back to the previous season, making them a perfect 12-0 at home this season throughout the regular season. In the history of the team, this is the fourth-longest streak, and it is the longest since the 1986–1987 season.

Twelve of the 27 points that Jayson Tatum scored for the Celtics came in the fourth quarter. Tatum led the team in scoring. Every single one of the five C’s starters scored at least 14 points.

The Magic will be the opponent for the Celtics on both Friday and Sunday, and both games will take place in Boston. The Celtics will be right back at it. Since the beginning of the previous season, the Magic have claimed victory over the C’s in four consecutive games.

The Celtics’ victory over the Cavaliers can be broken down into three key takeaways before we move on to the next two games.

During their game against the Cavaliers on Tuesday, the Celtics had to overcome a terrible start, which resulted in them falling down by a score of 31-21 after the first quarter.

On Thursday, Boston came out with significantly improved intensity on both sides of the court, and they won the first twelve minutes of the game with a dominating victory.

After the first quarter, the Celtics had a 33-24 lead, thanks in large part to Jaylen Brown’s nine points, which he scored by hitting four of six from the field.

While Tatum contributed seven points, three rebounds, and two assists, Derrick White (who also contributed seven points) and Kristaps Porzingis (who contributed five points) both made significant contributions to the team’s success.

During the first quarter, the Celtics had a field goal percentage of sixty percent (12 of 20) and a three-point field goal percentage of six out of ten.

Additionally, Boston’s defense was outstanding throughout the quarter. They were able to force five mistakes from the Cleveland Cavaliers and restrain them to a miserable one-of-ten shooting from outside the arc.

More often than not, the C’s have gotten off to a strong start, as opposed to taking a slow start. Following Thursday’s game, the Celtics find themselves in third place in the league in terms of first quarter points per game (31.2) and in second place in terms of first quarter field goal percentage (50.6).

Despite the fact that the Celtics scored 116 points and had a good shooting percentage from the field, it was their defense that was the driving force behind their triumph.

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The C’s entered Thursday’s game having allowed their opponents to make at least 40 percent of their three-point shots and hit 15 or more three-pointers in each of the previous four games they had played.

They performed a much better job of protecting the perimeter against the Cavaliers, who scored 33.3 percent from three-point range over the course of the game (11 of 33).

Boston also did an excellent job of defending the paint. This decisive swat in the fourth quarter that prompted a tremendous roar from the crowd was one of the three shots that Tatum blocked, which was the more than any other player on the squad.

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If Mitchell were to play against the Celtics on a regular basis, he would most likely be a leading contender for the Most Valuable Player award. The fact that the Cavaliers guard enjoys competing against the Celtics is reflected in his statistics, regardless of the reason for his enthusiasm.

The Celtics are the team against which Mitchell has scored the most points in his career, with an average of 29.5 points per game. This is the greatest total he has ever scored against any team (minimum of three or more matches).

Over the course of the past two years, the Celtics have allowed an opponent to score forty points or more eleven times, and Mitchell is responsible for four of those instances.

On Thursday, Mitchell delivered again another impressive effort, scoring 31 points on 12-of-24 shooting while also grabbing eight rebounds and dishing out several assists.

Mitchell’s teammates did not provide him with a great deal of assistance, which is unfortunate for him. There was just one other starter from Cleveland who scored in the double digits, and that was Darius Garland. Mitchell, Garland, and Caris LeVert were the only three players on the Cavaliers team to score ten points or more.

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