Boston Celtics

Mar 19, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart (36) gets fouled by Sacramento Kings guard Justin James (10) during the first half at TD Garden.

The Sacramento Kings have achieved what has eluded them in over a decade: they’ve not only swept the Boston Celtics in a season series with the C’s, but won in Boston for the first time since 2007 with a 107-96 win Friday night at TD Garden.

Putting up only 45 points in the first half against the NBA’s worst defense, the Celtics lacked energy throughout most of the game as they extend their losing streak to three games, and their record to below .500.

Brad Stevens’ Celtics only lead by 3 points in the opening minutes of the game, trailing the visiting Kings by 10-15 points throughout the first half.

Boston upped their intensity, getting back in the game to start the second half, tying Sacramento at 81 points with the help of a pair of big 3s from Payton Prichard, before a Marcus Smart foul on Justin James let the Kings escape the third quarter with a one point lead (82-81).

Four and a half minutes into the fourth quarter gave the Celtics their first lead since 8 minutes into the first half, but it would not hold, with the Kings closing out the game on a 17-5 run.

Jaylen Brown led the Celtics with 19 points on 8 for 20 shooting, Kemba Walker was held to 16 points (6 for 18), Jayson Tatum, Daniel Theis, and Robert Williams finished the game in double digits at 15, 14, and 12 points respectively.

Both teams now have a losing record with Boston sinking to 20-21 on the season while Sacramento improves to 17-24.

The Celtics continue their home stand Sunday afternoon when the Orlando Magic tip off at TD Garden at 3:30pm, pregame at 3pm here on 98.5 The Sports Hub and the Celtics Radio Network.

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