Brown and Tatum lead Celtics, Horford contributes 6 with 9 rebounds

Jaylen Brown had 29 points and 12 rebounds, and the Boston Celtics capitalized on a woeful shooting performance by the Atlanta Hawks to hold on for a 112-99 victory in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference first round on Saturday.

Jayson Tatum scored 25 points, 21 in the first half. Derrick White finished with 25 points and 11 rebounds for Boston, which hosts Game 2 on Tuesday.

Also for the Celtics, Al Horford had six points, nine rebounds, two assists and two blocks.

The No. 2-seeded Celtics led by as much as 32 points, attacking an Atlanta team that missed its first 10 3-point attempts and shot 5-for-29 from beyond the arc for the game.

Atlanta used a 32-12 run to cut the deficit to 96-84 on a three-point play by Bogdan Bogdanovic early in the quarter.

The Celtics regained the lead to 107-87. It was 110-97 with less than two minutes to go when Atlanta’s De’Andre Hunter went free on a fast break. But his layup attempt was blocked from behind by Marcus Smart.

Dejounte Murray led the Hawks with 24 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Trae Young added 16 points.

Despite Atlanta’s late push, the Celtics sizzled from every point on the court, hitting 13 3-pointers.

After hitting his third 3-pointer in the waning seconds of the first half, Tatum spread his arms wide as he backed down the court to a standing ovation from the TD Garden crowd.

A big part of Boston’s game plan was neutralizing Young and Murray, Atlanta’s two leading scorers. The Celtics did that and much more in the first three quarters.

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Young, who was 10th in the NBA in scoring, missed his first six shots from beyond the arc and was 5-of-18 from the field. Murray went 10 for 25 from the ground.

In a move to match Atlanta’s speed, Boston was small early, White replacing big man Robert Williams in a lineup alongside Al Horford, Tatum, Brown and Smart.

It seemed to neutralize the attack of the Hawks.

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