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Celtics’ offensive explosion powers 127-112 victory over Suns

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Jaylen Brown scored 37 points and Jayson Tatum added 26 as the Boston Celtics defeated the Phoenix Suns 127-112 on Thursday night.

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Al Horford racked up 24 points (8-14 FG, 6-10 3PT) for the Celtics (52-14) who have won four straight games.

Devin Booker led the Suns (38-28) in points with 23. Bradley Beal scored 22 and both Kevin Durant and Grayson Allen grabbed 20 a piece.

Early on, the game was flowing back and forth as there was no major margin differentiating the two teams. The Suns were shooting 9-for-13 (69%) while Boston was 6-for-12 (50%) about halfway through the first quarter.

But when they were down 30-25, the Celtics strung together a 10-2 run. Tatum had 14 points in the first frame alone.

Boston carried that momentum into the second quarter with a 6-0 stretch, making it 41-32.

Not going away, Phoenix battled back to them only trailing 65-60 into halftime. Tatum scored 23 points and Brown racked up 20 for Boston while Durant had 15 at the end of the first half.

Whatever was said in the locker room, the Celtics’ shooting touch exploded once again.

Igniting a 37-point third quarter, Tatum, Brown and Horford combined for 19 of Boston’s points for a 102-85 lead.

Because of certain fouls in which he disagreed with, Frank Vogel was heated and was seen yelling at the officials, resulting in the Suns head coach receiving a technical foul himself.

Phoenix heavily outrebounded the Celtics 51-33, but Boston ran away with the game until the final buzzer.

Boston shot 47-for-89 (52.8%) from the field and were 25-for-50 from behind the arc, the most three-pointers allowed by the Suns in a single game this season. The Celtics accumulated more steals than the Suns 12-4 and Phoenix turned the ball over 14 times.

Next Games

Phoenix Suns: Away vs. Charlotte Hornets (17-49) on March 15 at 4 p.m. MST

Boston Celtics: Away vs. Washington Wizards (11-54) on March 17 at 3 p.m. MST

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Reporter Alec Cipollini covers Phoenix Sports News for Burn City Sports. You can follow him on his X account, @AlecCipollini

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