Timberwolves Outlast Boston and Win the Battle of the Stars in Overtime: Celtics Wrap….

The Boston Celtics suffered their first loss of the year, 114-109, against the Minnesota Timberwolves in their first overtime match of the year.

Minnesota advances to 4-2, while Boston drops to 5-1.

The complete box score is available here.


Runs and stars in the match on Monday altered the outcome.

A greater start to the game could not have been given to Boston. Kristaps Porzingis had a block, Jrue Holiday had a steal, and Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum each had a transition dunk.

Following their explosive start, the Timberwolves raised their game to present Boston with its toughest test since defeating the Miami Heat in the season opener. At the end of the first quarter, Minnesota, led by studs Rudy Gobert and Anthony Edwards, led by three points.

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The run sequence started from there. The Timberwolves went on an 11-3 run in the third quarter after the Celtics scored the first eight points of the second quarter.

Two crucial Celtics laid the stage for a comeback to expose elite talent in a game where stars led the way. While Sam Hauser made many crucial three-pointers, Payton Richard forced turnovers and helped Boston rally from a seven-point hole. Tatum answered with a crucial three-pointer to give them the lead. The Boston player scored twelve points in just the fourth frame of play.

Both of the skilled teams returned to action in overtime after Jaylen Brown’s possible game-winning basket rebounded off the hoop. Edwards led the Timber wolves to a 9-0 run in the extra quarter, which allowed them to win the game and end with 38 points.

The Celtics experienced their first setback of the season following a strong start to the campaign.


— Brown played well for Boston, scoring 26 points sporadically between highlight-reel dunks.

— On Monday night, Tatum maintained his rhythm for the Celtics, scoring 32 points while demonstrating his presence in the paint.

— Porzingis scored 20 points, including two three-pointers, five rebounds, a block, and several crucial plays for the Celtics on both ends of the court.


As to FanDuel SportsBook, Porzingis began Monday night at +165 to score 20+ points. A $100 gamble on Porzingis with his high-scoring performance would have paid out for $165, for a total payout of $265.

Next up

On Wednesday night, the Celtics will travel to Philadelphia to play the 76ers in a rematch of the playoffs at Wells Fargo Center. The game starts at 7 p.m. ET.


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