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Tatum has 23, Morris 20 to lift Celtics over Suns 102-94

PHOENIX (AP) Jayson Tatum got the better of Josh Jackson in a showdown of two of the top four picks in last year's NBA draft.

Tatum scored 23 points, Marcus Morris had 20 points in three quarters before leaving with an injury and the Boston Celtics rolled over the Phoenix Suns 102-94 on Monday night.

Tatum surpassed 1,000 points for the season, and Boston won its fourth straight to move to three games behind the Toronto Raptors for first place in the Eastern Conference.

The game featured two young talents who are getting major minutes. Tatum was the third pick in last year's draft, and Jackson, the fourth pick, led the Suns with 23 points. Jackson has scored 15 or more points in seven straight games, but the Suns lost their 12th straight and have dropped 27 of 29.

''I've known Josh for a long time,'' Tatum said. ''It's always fun to compete. When you get more opportunities and you've got somebody that can play, they're going to show what they can do.''

Morris, a former Sun, re-injured a sprained right ankle that forced him out of the Celtics' game Sunday at Sacramento. He didn't play in the fourth quarter.

Al Horford added 19 points, nine rebounds and seven assists for the Celtics.

''In my eyes, he's the rookie of the year,'' Horford said of Tatum.

Tyler Ulis added a season-high 19 points for Phoenix.

The Celtics were without star guard Kyrie Irving, who had knee surgery Saturday. The Suns were without their star guard, Devin Booker, who missed his fifth straight game with a hand injury.

Tatum scored nine of the Celtics' first 11 points, while Jackson had all of the first 11 for the Suns. The Celtics made 5 of 7 3-pointers in the first quarter and led 31-15 when it ended.

Boston led 39-19 during the second quarter, but the Suns chipped away and cut the lead to 48-45 on Marquese Chriss' rebound basket with 5.6 seconds to go until halftime.

''As soon as we went to the bench I thought our guys did a real good job for us,'' Suns coach Jay Triano said. ''Changed our energy in the game. They got up and they pressured, followed the game plan.''

Boston made 7 of 21 second-quarter shots while Phoenix went from 24 percent in the first quarter to a field-goal percentage of 55 in the second. Ulis spurred the comeback with seven points, five assists and four rebounds in the quarter.

''Just playing free and playing with confidence,'' Ulis said.

The Suns tied it at 56, but Morris' three free throws after the third quarter buzzer gave the Celtics a 77-65 lead. He aggravated his ankle injury on the foul.

''It's just sore,'' Morris said after X-rays came back negative. ''Be out a couple of days but nothing long-term.''

The Celtics were never seriously threatened in the fourth.

KEEPING UP WITH KYRIE

Stevens said before the game he has reached out to Irving via text message. ''His spirits are pretty good. He wants to be here,'' Stevens said. ''He wants to play.''

BOOKER BEING AROUND

Triano was asked how Booker is doing from a leadership standpoint while still sidelined.

''He's been active in practice and going through drills with us and just trying to keep his hand out of the mix and verbal on the bench,'' Triano said. ''His basketball IQ is so good, he's got a lot of that he can rub off on people.''

TIP-INS

Celtics: C Greg Monroe, a Sun for 20 games earlier this season, scored eight points in 19 minutes. ... Horford had the most impressive blocked shot of the night, swatting Jackson's first-quarter drive into the seats. ... Seattle Mariners All-Star 2B Robinson Cano attended the game.

Suns: Fan favorite Alan Williams made his season debut with the Suns and played 16 minutes. He had right knee surgery in September, came back and spent the past week in the G-League with Northern Arizona. ... F T.J. Warren missed his fourth straight game with left knee inflammation. ... Chriss skied above the rim to send home a two-handed dunk off a lob from Ulis in the second quarter.

UP NEXT

Celtics: At Utah Wednesday night.

Suns: Host L.A. Clippers Wednesday night.

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Key Players
A. Horford
42 C
D. Booker
1 SG
34.5 Min. Per Game 34.5
24.9 Pts. Per Game 24.9
4.7 Ast. Per Game 4.7
4.5 Reb. Per Game 4.5
49.1 Field Goal % 43.2
49.1 Three Point % 43.2
75.0 Free Throw % 87.8
+ 3 Tyler Ulis made 3-pt. jump shot 0:12
+ 1 Terry Rozier made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:18
+ 1 Terry Rozier made 1st of 2 free throws 0:18
  Personal foul on Josh Jackson 0:18
+ 2 Marquese Chriss made alley-oop shot, assist by Tyler Ulis 0:26
  Defensive rebound by Troy Daniels 0:33
  Al Horford missed hook shot 0:36
+ 3 Troy Daniels made 3-pt. jump shot 0:58
+ 2 Jayson Tatum made layup, assist by Al Horford 1:16
+ 3 Dragan Bender made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Marquese Chriss 1:30
+ 3 Terry Rozier made 3-pt. jump shot 1:49
Team Stats
Points 102 94
Field Goals 37-87 (42.5%) 36-81 (44.4%)
3-Pointers 14-29 (48.3%) 12-35 (34.3%)
Free Throws 14-14 (100.0%) 10-19 (52.6%)
Total Rebounds 49 55
Offensive 10 11
Defensive 34 36
Team 5 8
Assists 24 18
Steals 10 8
Blocks 3 5
Turnovers 13 15
Fouls 19 18
Technicals 0 0
19 PTS, 9 REB, 7 AST
19 PTS, 5 REB, 8 AST
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away team logo Celtics 51-23 31172925102
home team logo Suns 19-56 1530202994
Team Stats
away team logo Celtics 51-23 101.4 PPG 41.7 RPG 21.2 APG
home team logo Suns 19-56 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
J. Tatum SF 13.9 PPG 5.0 RPG 1.6 APG 47.5 FG%
J. Jackson SG 13.1 PPG 4.6 RPG 1.5 APG 41.7 FG%
Top Scorers
J. Tatum SF 23 PTS 6 REB 0 AST
J. Jackson SG 23 PTS 6 REB 2 AST
42.5 FG% 44.4
48.3 3PT FG% 34.3
100.0 FT% 52.6
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Tatum 32 23 6 0 2 0 4 4 10/18 2/4 1/1 0 6 27 +7
A. Horford 31 19 9 7 1 1 1 2 7/12 3/4 2/2 2 7 43 +11
T. Rozier 31 16 7 3 1 0 0 1 4/16 4/11 4/4 2 5 30 +13
J. Brown 25 7 5 3 2 0 4 1 3/11 1/1 0/0 1 4 16 +5
A. Baynes 18 4 6 3 0 0 2 3 2/2 0/0 0/0 3 3 14 +16
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Tatum 32 23 6 0 2 0 4 4 10/18 2/4 1/1 0 6 27 +7
A. Horford 31 19 9 7 1 1 1 2 7/12 3/4 2/2 2 7 43 +11
T. Rozier 31 16 7 3 1 0 0 1 4/16 4/11 4/4 2 5 30 +13
J. Brown 25 7 5 3 2 0 4 1 3/11 1/1 0/0 1 4 16 +5
A. Baynes 18 4 6 3 0 0 2 3 2/2 0/0 0/0 3 3 14 +16
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
M. Morris 23 20 3 1 0 0 0 0 6/8 3/4 5/5 0 3 25 +9
G. Monroe 19 8 4 3 1 0 2 3 3/8 0/0 2/2 2 2 17 -7
A. Nader 16 3 0 1 1 2 0 1 1/4 1/3 0/0 0 0 8 +6
S. Larkin 21 2 2 2 2 0 0 3 1/8 0/2 0/0 0 2 10 -11
J. Bird 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 -1
S. Ojeleye 20 0 2 1 0 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 4 -6
K. Allen 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 -1
G. Yabusele 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 -1
G. Hayward - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Irving - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Smart - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Theis - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 239 102 44 24 10 3 13 19 37/87 14/29 14/14 10 34 194 +40
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Jackson 39 23 6 2 2 0 3 2 9/15 1/3 4/9 1 5 32 -7
T. Daniels 36 18 6 0 0 0 1 1 6/16 6/14 0/0 1 5 23 -11
M. Chriss 24 13 4 2 0 1 0 0 6/8 1/3 0/2 1 3 22 +3
D. Bender 33 3 10 0 1 2 2 2 1/7 1/6 0/0 1 9 14 +3
E. Payton 14 0 1 3 1 0 1 2 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 1 7 -15
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Jackson 39 23 6 2 2 0 3 2 9/15 1/3 4/9 1 5 32 -7
T. Daniels 36 18 6 0 0 0 1 1 6/16 6/14 0/0 1 5 23 -11
M. Chriss 24 13 4 2 0 1 0 0 6/8 1/3 0/2 1 3 22 +3
D. Bender 33 3 10 0 1 2 2 2 1/7 1/6 0/0 1 9 14 +3
E. Payton 14 0 1 3 1 0 1 2 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 1 7 -15
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Ulis 30 19 5 8 1 1 4 1 7/12 2/3 3/4 1 4 38 +3
A. Len 14 8 6 0 1 0 0 3 3/8 0/0 2/2 5 1 15 -19
D. Reed 14 5 0 0 0 0 1 1 2/6 1/5 0/0 0 0 4 -3
A. Williams 15 3 5 1 1 1 1 4 1/4 0/0 1/2 1 4 11 +5
S. Harrison 9 2 2 1 1 0 2 1 1/3 0/0 0/0 0 2 5 +7
J. Dudley 7 0 2 1 0 0 0 1 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 2 4 -6
B. Knight - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Peters - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Warren - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Booker - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. House - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Chandler - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 94 47 18 8 5 15 18 36/81 12/35 10/19 11 36 175 -40