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Jayson Tatum stays hot in C’s win

Celtics-Hornets takeaways: Tatum’s ridiculous run continues originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

The Boston Celtics earned their fourth consecutive victory Wednesday night as they topped the Charlotte Hornets, 115-101

It wasn’t smooth sailing for the first two-and-a-half quarters, but the Celtics flipped a switch midway through the third with a 32-12 run and didn’t look back. Jayson Tatum followed up Sunday’s 54-point performance with 44 points in the win. All five of the Celtics’ starters scored in double figures, as did Derrick White with 11 points and eight assists off the bench.

P.J. Washington and Miles Bridges led the Hornets with 17 points apiece. LaMelo Ball and Terry Rozier contributed 15 and 14, respectively.

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Here are a few immediate takeaways from the Celtics’ win, which brings them to 40-27 on the season. Next, they’ll head back home to take on the Detroit Pistons on Friday night.

Jayson Tatum’s ridiculous run continues

Tatum is doing everything he can to get his name into the NBA MVP conversation with 15 games remaining.

The 24-year-old superstar dropped 44 points — 28 in the second half — for his fourth consecutive game with at least 30. It’s also the first time in his career he’s scored 40+ points in two straight games.

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But wait, there’s more.

With Sunday’s 54-point outing and his 44 points Wednesday night, Tatum ties Kevin McHale’s Celtics record for most points in consecutive games (98). He trails only the great Larry Bird for most points by a Celtic in a four-game span. Bird tallied 174 in 1985, and Tatum has 168 over his last four games.

Tatum does have the most points in a three-game span, however, with 135. That tops the previous record set by — you guessed it — himself. He notched 128 points in a three-game span from April 28 of last season to May 2.

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