Despite starting the Disney bubble 1-2, the Boston Celtics bounced back Wednesday against the Nets, blowing them out 149-115.
Through the first few minutes of Wednesday night’s game it appeared as though the Boston Celtics were destined to repeat their recent trend of slow starts and, in turn, once again dig themselves into a deep hole they’ll have to fight tremendously hard to come out of.
Within the first three minutes of play, the red-hot Brooklyn Nets saw themselves come out to an early 7-3 lead. Though it was early, it appeared recent history was set to repeat itself, as guys like Joe Harris and Jarrett Allen were finding their way to the bucket with relative ease.
Then, after a few consecutive scores by Jayson Tatum, Marcus Smart, and Daniel Theis, the Celtics found themselves slowly but surely climbing ahead on the scoreboard, claiming the lead at the 8:30 mark with a score of 11-9. Though seemingly going back and forth for the remaining time in the first, Boston managed to finish out the quarter outscoring Brooklyn 34-25.
From this point on, the Cs would not relinquish the lead, as they wound up winning the game by a score of 149-115.
Leading the way for Beantown was Jaylen Brown, as he dropped an impressive 21 points, four rebounds, two assists, one steal, and one block on 54 percent shooting from the field and 56 percent shooting from deep. Right behind him were both Tatum and Gordon Hayward who scored 19 and 18 points, respectively, with Tatum showcasing an unbelievably clean and efficient jumper, shooting 64 percent from the floor and 63 percent from downtown.
Starting in place for the resting Kemba Walker was Marcus Smart, who provided an incredibly efficient stat line of 12 points, six assists, four rebounds, and three steals on 67 percent shooting from deep.
Langford showed off his unbelievable defensive chops and hustle play. He finished the night with four points, three rebounds, two assists, and the team’s second-highest box plus/ minus rating (behind Hayward’s +30) with a +27.
Williams — who we stressed would be a key to victory in this game — wound up being a revelation on both sides of the ball, dropping 18 points, five rebounds, one steal, and three blocks on a perfect seven for seven shooting from the field and a box plus/ minus of 21.
As a whole, the Boston Celtics shot a fantastic 57 percent from the field and 51 percent from deep while managing to hold the Nets to 47 percent from the field and a measly 25 percent from deep. Boston also bested them in virtually all the main statistical categories — points, blocks, total rebounds, steals — except for offensive rebounds, where Brooklyn won the battle seven to six.
All in all, this win was an all-around feel-good victory for the seemingly sliding shamrocks, as they now even their bubble record at 2-2 (45-23 overall) and tempered fans’ nerves after such a lackadaisical restart to the season.
The team’s next game will come this Friday as they play the role of the away team against the Eastern Conference’s second seed, the Toronto Raptors.
Tip-off will commence at 9 PM (ET).
As always, go Celtics!