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Celtics Game Report: Boston Dominates Jazz, 125-97, For 5th Straight Win; Marcus Smart Gets Career-High in Assists in Return

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The Boston Celtics picked up their fifth straight with a dominant 125-97 win over the Utah Jazz Wednesday night.

The Celtics opened up the game by hitting their first 10 shots from the field including six three-pointers. They built a double-digit lead within the first six minutes of the game and never looked back.

Boston was able to build that lead all the way up to 30 during the midway point of the second quarter. From then on the Celtics just cruised to an easy victory.

The Celtics shot an absurd 60 percent from the field and 53 percent from deep. They recorded a season-high 37 assists on 50 made baskets.

Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown put together another phenomenal performance, as they each scored 26 points and combined to shoot an efficient 19-for-32 from the field. Marcus Smart — who returned (non-COVID illness) along with Robert Williams (knee) after missing Monday’s game — reached a new career-high in assists with 13, while nine of those assists came within the first quarter alone and he was an instrumental part of their early-game success.

Daniel Theis played his best game since rejoining Boston for his second stint with the team. He finished with 11 points in 17 minutes but he had a great stretch of play that included a few buckets and a defensive stop that earned him a standing ovation from the home crowd.

The league-best Celtics defense was able to contain everyone but Donovan Mitchell. Mitchell finished with a game-high 37 points and was the only player for the Jazz who could consistently create some offense.

Last night’s win is the fifth win in the last seven days for the Celtics. What makes this stretch so remarkable is that they’ve won all five games by a combined 108 points and three of those five games were against playoff teams.

The Celtics will face one of the league’s hottest teams, the Minnesota Timberwolves, in their next game on Sunday at 6 p.m. ET.

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