Boston Celtics

Feb 8, 2022; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) controls the ball against Brooklyn Nets guard Jevon Carter (0) during the third quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

While Celtics trade rumors dominated the headlines during the day, the team took the floor Tuesday night and dominated its opponent. On the road in Brooklyn, the C’s came away with a 126-91 win over the Nets.

With the win, the Celtics improve to 31-25 on the season. They’ve now won six consecutive games – a season high – and eight of their last nine.

The swirling rumors didn’t do much to dissuade the Celtics, who jumped out to a 14-0 lead. In fact, Brooklyn didn’t score until halfway through the first quarter. They’d only get one bucket before the Celtics surged again, stretching the lead to 28-2. Even with an 11-0 Brooklyn run to close the quarter, Boston led 35-16 after one frame.

That Nets run continued early in the second quarter, but Ime Udoka put his starters back on the floor and the Celtics quickly regained momentum. They came back to win the quarter and had a 69-43 lead at halftime.

Coming out of the half, the Celtics stretched their lead to 35 points. A 9-2 run by the Nets at the end of the quarter did little damage, with Boston up 97-71 heading into the fourth quarter.

In the fourth quarter, the Celtics continued to pull away. Udoka was able to empty the bench with over 10 minutes to play.

After scoring 12 points in the first quarter, Jaylen Brown finished tied for the game-high with 22 points. Marcus Smart also scored 22, with Jayson Tatum adding 19. Robert Williams put up a 12-point, 11-rebound double-double.

With James Harden, Kevin Durant, and Kyrie Irving all out, the Nets look lost offensively at times. None of their starters scored over six points, although Jevon Carter recorded 21 points off the bench.

The Celtics are back in action on Friday, at home against the Denver Nuggets. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. with pregame coverage starting at 7 on 98.5 The Sports Hub.

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