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BSJ Game Report: Celtics 122, Pistons 120 – Tatum, Brown deliver in crunch time

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Everything you need to know about the Celtics' 122-120 win over the Pistons with BSJ insight and analysis 

Jayson Tatum hits game-winner to seal win for Celtics in a shootout: Jayson Tatum hit a game-winning pull-up jumper with 2.9 seconds remaining as the Celtics held off the Pistons in a Sunday shootout with a 122-120 victory.

Tatum (24 points, career-high 12 assists, 8 rebounds) carried Boston’s offense down the stretch with his game-winner along with a crucial drive-and-kick to Jaylen Brown (31 points on 13-of-16 FG) for a go-ahead 3-pointer in the final minute to pace a Boston offense that shot 57 percent.  Boston’s defense struggled for much of the afternoon again against a hot-shooting Pistons team (44 percent from 3) but they managed to get the buckets necessary in crunch time to avoid the back-to-back losses against a bad Pistons team.

All five starters scored in double figures for Boston with Semi Ojeleye (11 points) providing a crucial offensive boost off the bench once Jeff Teague went down with an ankle sprain. Jerami Grant had a team-high 22 points for the Pistons in the loss but defensive concerns clearly remain for Boston after allowing the hosts to shoot 48 percent from the field with six players tallying in double figures.

The Celtics improved to 4-3 with the victory and will face off with a desperate Raptors team (1-4 start to the year) on Monday night in Tampa.

Jaylen Brown’s phenomenal scoring run continues: The athletic swingman has been the most consistent member of