Balanced Celtics attack gets the job done (again) against Timberwolves

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The winning ways for the Boston Celtics continue with Saturday’s 118-109 victory at Minnesota. Boston (13-10) has now won three in a row, although Saturday’s victory over the Timberwolves did not involve Boston setting a season-high scoring, which had been the case in the two previous wins.

Boston did it with a balanced scoring attack and when things got a little tense in the fourth quarter, they leaned on their defense to carry the day for the victory.

Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from Boston’s victory on Saturday night.

STARS

Gordon Hayward: A definite positive for Gordon Hayward and the Celtics that he’s even more assertive and productive on the second night of a back-to-back set of games, than he was in the first game. He was finding points in all the key spots on floor and finished with a near triple-double of 30 points (a season high), eight rebounds and eight assists (also a season high).

Kyrie Irving: For the most part, Kyrie Irving took what the Minnesota defense was willing to give him. And that was more than enough for him to put his imprint on the game, finishing with 21 points and nine assists.

Derrick Rose: He’s nowhere close to being the league MVP we knew a few years ago, but there’s a definite revival-like feel about his game this season. He was the one source of consistent scoring for the Timberwolves and finished with 26 points.

STUDS

Marcus Morris: Whether it’s starting or coming off the bench, Marcus Morris’ steady play has been so vital to this Boston team this season. The 6-9 forward hit big shots in the fourth quarter to slow down Minnesota’s momentum and by the night’s end, Morris turned in yet another solid performance, tallying 16 points and four rebounds.

Robert Covington: This was Robert Covington at his best, making his presence felt defensively as well as contributing on the boards. He provided a nice lift for the Timberwolves in scoring 17 points along with 10 rebounds.

Jayson Tatum: Just a real solid night all-around for Jayson Tatum, making plays at both ends of the floor to finish with a near double-double of 19 points and nine rebounds.

DUDS

Karl-Anthony Towns: The numbers -- 20 points and nine rebounds -- look a lot better than the actual impact KAT had on this game. On a night when the Timberwolves needed him to be dominant, he made very little impact even if his stats might suggest otherwise.

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