dominated the Phoenix Suns
en route to a 117-103 win, Friday Night at the Boston Garden.
The Suns, who entered the game with the league’s worst rated defense, were both unwilling and unable to stop the Celtics from scoring the basketball. The Celtics capitalized on the Suns sloppy play and frequently found themselves with wide open shots.
After a relatively close first quarter, the Celtics blew the game open at the end of the second. Led by an outstanding shooting performance by Olynyk, the C’s outscored the Suns 22-5 in the final 5:28.
In the second half, the Suns were unable to cut the deficit to lower than 15.
Kelly Olynyk scored a game-high 21 points. Isaiah Thomas added 19, while Avery Bradley and Jae Crowder both scored 17. Coming off the bench, Marcus Smart recorded a nice garbage-time triple-double with 11 rebounds, 11 assists, and 10 points.
After losing four straight, the (21-19) Celtics have now won two in a row. The team will attempt to extend the streak, when they travel to Washington to play John Wall and the Wizards on Saturday night.
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STUD OF THE NIGHT: Kelly Olynyk’s Flow
Despite Bun vs. Flow splits that would indicate he performs better with his hair up, Olynyk took the court tonight sans bun. While the hair-based statisticians on Twitter were initially skeptical, Olynyk remained aggressive. During the final 3 minutes of the second quarter, Kelly outscored the Suns 13-2 by himself. He knocked down three consecutive three-pointers, before adding two acrobatic lay-ups. For a brief moment, the TD Garden crowd was even chanting his name. Olynyk also finished wit nine rebounds.
DUD OF THE NIGHT: Evan Turner Does Nothing
In a game in which the Celtics seemed ready and willing to attempt any and every shot, Turner shockingly had only one attempt in 25 minutes. For someone who has nicknamed themselves “The Logo,” you would expect more pomp and certainly more circumstance. It’s not like Turner had an impact elsewhere on the stat sheet, as he finished with only one rebound and two assists.
VINE OF THE NIGHT: Kelly’s Sweet Moves
Shockingly, no one Vined tonight’s game. Here is a Sweet Kelly-O throwback.
WHINE OF THE NIGHT: Not Enough Garbage Time
With the game pretty much in hand at the end of the third quarter, Celtics coach Brad Stevens kept to his usual nine-man rotation. Avery Bradley, who is recovering from a hip injury that sidelined him for three games, played an outrageous 38 minutes, while James Young and RJ Hunter didn’t enter the game until there was one minute to play.
STAT OF THE NIGHT: Assist Percentage
The Celtics recorded 30 assists on their 42 made field goals, which is good for a 71 percent assist percentage. This is an absurd number, as Stevens has previously mentioned that anything over 60 percent is above and beyond.
@ OF THE NIGHT: Chris Forsberg paints a pretty scene.