The Boston Celtics blitzed the short-handed Brooklyn Nets right from the opening tip, and ran them out of the arena for their sixth-straight win. The Celtics opened up the game on an incredible 28-2 run which marked the first time any NBA team has scored 28 of the first 30 points.
Boston has been stepping on the gas early as of late and it has contributed mightily to the team’s recent success. Their mix of balanced offense and stingy defense has led to numerous blowouts as of late, and tonight’s win over the Nets was no different.
The Celtics were lucky to not have to deal with the likes of Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, or James Harden, but they didn’t fall for the trap of taking their opponent lightly. They were able to pull the starters in the third quarter after they had built up a massive 33-point lead. The C’s bench was able to finish the job as they helped the team walk away with a 35-point win.
Marcus Smart has been playing some of his best basketball of the season lately, and he kept it going tonight. Smart has a reputation for his defense but tonight it was all about his scoring. The All-NBA defender scored a game-high 22 points and knocked down six of his thirteen three-point attempts. Jaylen Brown also played great by scoring 22 points, grabbing seven rebounds, and dishing out nine assists.
This win puts Boston ahead of Brooklyn in the standings as the new seventh seed in the East. They now sit just 4.5 games out of first place in the conference.
The Celtics will look to pick up their seventh-straight win as they take on Nikola Jokic’s Nuggets on Friday.