By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com
Kemba Walker’s rest night turned into a rest night for more than a few Celtic starters, as the C’s ran the Nets out of the building in a 149-115 blowout win in the Orlando bubble Wednesday night.
Beginning the night with makes on five of their first eight attempts from deep, the Celtics carried a nine-point lead into the second quarter behind an 11-1 run to close out the opening 12 minutes of action. That lead came with some solid production from Jaylen Brown, too, with eight points and three rebounds in the first quarter alone.
It was the strong start Brown needed in what finished as a Celtic-best 21-point night with makes on seven of his 13 shots.
It was lights out for the Nets from the second quarter on, too, with the Celtics carrying a 19-point lead into halftime before exploding with another 35 points in the third, and for-good-measure 43 in the fourth.
By the night’s the Celtics had seven scorers in double-digits, with Brown’s aforementioned 21 leading the way. Behind No. 7, Jayson Tatum finished with 19, Gordon Hayward and Robert Williams each totaled 18, Brad Wanamaker dropped 13, Marcus Smart had 12, and Daniel Theis made the cut with a 10-point night.
Williams’ impact was especially efficient, with a perfect 7-for-7 night from the floor, along with makes on all four free throw attempts, for his third career game of at least 10 points on 100 percent shooting.
It was also the Celtics’ most dominant scoring night in nearly 28 years.
I mean, there’s no way around saying this: It was as brutal a beatdown as Orlando has seen since settling down in Mickey Manor. Even with Caris LeVert and Joe Harris available to the Nets in this contest.
And while the offensive totals were eye-popping, it was the defensive play of rookie Romeo Langford that left C’s coach Brad Stevens smiling, and Langford with two blocks and a bench-best plus-27 in 25 minutes of action.
“He’s one of our more solid defenders,” Stevens said after the victory. “That’s going to give him a chance to play, especially with the way we played the first couple of weeks.”
Up next, the Celtics will square off against the defending champion Raptors in a 9 p.m. tipoff.
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