The Boston Celtics caught fire for a two-minute stretch of the fourth quarter Sunday night in Brooklyn. Amid a game that featured limited offense, those two minutes proved to be the difference.
Boston, which has boasted the most powerful offense in the league all season long, struggled at the offensive end of the floor for the majority of the night before rattling off an 11-0 run that knocked the Nets out and deposited a league-leading 19th victory into its win column.
The spurt began at the 3:23 mark of the fourth and extended to the 1:43 mark, when the C’s took a commanding 16-point lead that led to Brooklyn calling a timeout and each team subbing its starters out of the game.
Unsurprisingly, Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum made up all of Boston’s 11-0 run. Brown canned four free throws for the first four points before Tatum dropped in a cutting layup off an assist from Malcolm Brogdon. Tatum then drove to the rack for a dunk and then canned a 3-pointer to put an exclamation point on Boston’s victory.
Have yourself a night, Jaylen Brown!
The star wing, who continues to make a strong claim for a starting nod in the upcoming All-Star game, put forth arguably the top all-around performance of his career Sunday night in Brooklyn. He not only broke the 30-point barrier for the second straight contest with a game-high 34 points, but he also stuffed the rest of the stat sheet with 10 rebounds, four blocks, two steals and two assists. Those four blocks set a new career high, and his two steals tied his season high.
Brown scored 20 of his 34-points during the opening frame. After adding up his scoring and rebounding, the two-way wing recorded his the fourth double-double of the season.
As you might imagine, Brown logged his gaudy numbers in an efficient manner to continue his red-hot shooting season. He canned half of his 20 shot attempts, including a 5-for-9 effort from long distance. Brown also shot 9-for-11 from the free-throw line.
Box Score Nuggets
- Jaylen Brown (10-for-20) and Jayson Tatum (10-for-19) combined to shoot 51.3 percent from the field, while the rest of the Celtics shot 35.7 percent.
- Brown (34 points, 10 rebounds) and Tatum (29 points, 11 rebounds) each logged double-doubles.
- Boston limited Brooklyn to just 40.5 percent shooting from the field.
- Kevin Durant led Brooklyn with 31 points.
- Malcolm Brogdon led all reserves with 13 points.
- Each team dished out only 17 assists.
- The Celtics blocked nine shots, led by a career-best four from Brown.
- All five of Boston's starters, plus Brogdon, its sixth man, finished with a positive plus/minus rating.
- Nic Claxton led the game with 14 rebounds.
Quote of the Night
"Just being aggressive. Coming out, making them have to guard me. I got it going, and I just kept it going."- Jaylen Brown on his 20-point first quarter