Celtics hit 50 win mark with efficient performance against Kings
The Celtics’ up-and-down pace over the last few weeks has been characterized by sloppy, inconsistent play. On Tuesday night in Sacramento though, everything seemed to click in their 132-109 win over the Kings.
As a team, the Celtics shot 53.3 percent from the floor – their first game shooting over 50 percent from deep since a March 11 win against the Atlanta Hawks. They were also 18-of-44 from three (40.9 percent).
Not only were they able to hit shots at a more consistent rate, but they also held onto the basketball. As a team, the Celtics finished the game with 33 assists while turning the ball over only five times. It was just the third time in franchise history the Celtics have recorded over 30 assists with five or fewer turnovers, and the first time since the 2013-2014 season.
The Celtics had a strong closing effort in the game as well. Up six at halftime, they responded with a 40-31 third quarter followed by a 32-24 fourth quarter. After struggling to maintain leads the last few games, the Celtics’ lead dipped below 10 points just once after they crossed that threshold in the second half.
All five Celtics starters finished with double-figures. Jayson Tatum led the Celtics in scoring with 36 points on 14-of-25 shooting. He also had eight rebounds, four assists, and two steals.
Jaylen Brown had an impressive performance as well. He put up 27 points shooting 10-of-16 from the field and 4-of-7 from deep.
Derrick White also hit the 20-point threshold, reaching the number exactly. He recorded the lone double-double of the game for the Celtics, with 11 assists as well as seven rebounds.
Rounding out the starting five, Marcus Smart finished with 17 points while Al Horford had 11. Off the bench, Robert Williams scored six points and had seven rebounds in 21 minutes. It was his first game action in three weeks, after missing time due to a hamstring injury.
With the win, the Celtics became the second team in the NBA this season to reach 50 wins. At 50-23, they’re now two games behind the Milwaukee Bucks for first place in the Eastern Conference.
The game was the final one of the Celtics’ six-game road trip, which mostly had them on the West Coast. They close the trip out with a 4-2 record, with wins over the Kings, Hawks, and Trail Blazers, and losses to the Rockets and Jazz.
Returning home, the Celtics will have a few days off before returning to game action. They’ll be back on the court on Friday night, when they host the Indiana Pacers at TD Garden. Coverage of that game begins with a 6:30 p.m. ET pregame show on 98.5 The Sports Hub and the BetMGM Sports Hub Celtics Radio Network.
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