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Three years ago, the Celtics dropped their preseason opener in Europe.

Not this time.

Boston came out of the gates clicking on all cylinders Tuesday night in Milan. They dominated EA7 Emporio Armani Milano from the get-go en route to a 124-91 victory.

The C’s led for the final 46 minutes and 12 seconds and really took control during the final four minutes of the opening stanza. An 11-0 run propelled them to a 13-point lead that remained in double-digits for the remainder of the contest.

Jae Crowder got the party started when he muscled straight through a defender along the left baseline, bucketed a layup and drew a foul for an and-one.

Next, Isaiah Thomas got into the swing of things with his first two free throws of the preseason. He wound up taking and making five freebies during the first quarter, all of which were converted.

Kelly Olynyk also contributed a free throw, and Thomas put home a driving layup, before Boston’s rookie class got involved. R.J. Hunter was the first rookie to enter the game, and just 45 seconds after he checked in, he did exactly what is expected of him: to make 3s.

Thomas penetrated the defense and kicked to the rookie, who was camped out in the right corner. Hunter caught the pass and let it fire from long distance for the first three points of his NBA (exhibition) career.

Hunter’s 3-pointer put the C’s on top by 13 and they never looked back. They led by double-digits for all but 19 seconds the rest of the night.

Key Player

Celtics fans are going to love David Lee. That’s if he continues to play the way he did during Tuesday night’s preseason opener.

Lee was just as advertised during his first game with Boston. He scored, he rebounded, he passed, and he looked as if he’s been in this offense for years.

Brad Stevens left Lee on the floor for only 21-plus minutes and the two-time All-Star made all of them count. He took eight shots, making five, en route to his 13 points. Lee also grabbed a team-high seven boards and dished three beautiful assists to his teammates.

Box Score Nuggets

  • Five Celtics scored in double-figures, led by Isaiah Thomas' 18 points.
  • The Celtics committed only 14 turnovers.
  • Thomas made all seven of his free throws.
  • Milano shot just 8-if-16 from the free-throw line.
  • David Lee led the Celtics with seven boards.
  • Jared Sullinger came off the bench and scored 14 points in just 15-plus minues.
  • The C's shot 56.1 percent from the field, 38.1 percent from 3-point range and 82.8 percent from the free-throw line.
  • Boston scored at least 25 points during each of the four quarters.
  • Alessandro Gentile scored a game-high 19 points on 9-of-20 shooting.
  • The Celtics scored a whopping 70 points in the paint.
  • Milano's one and only lead of the night was 2-0.
  • Stanko Barac blocked three shots for Milano, matching Boston's team total.
  • Thomas and Jae Crowder each recorded three steals.
  • Avery Bradley made all four of his 3-pointers en route to 14 points.

Quote of the Night

If we're connected together and we have a good energy about us, we'll have a chance to compete, and that's what we want.

Brad Stevens on his team's abilities.

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