Boston Celtics

Boston Celtics

Boston Celtics

The Celtics’ domination over Kyrie Irving and the Brooklyn Nets hit new heights Wednesday night at TD Garden, as the Celtics went wire-to-wire over Brooklyn and at one point led by 49 points in what finished as a 43-point destruction of the Nets and Boston’s 10th straight victory over the Nets.

“I just thought we got off to a great start,” Celtics interim coach Joe Mazzulla said following the victory. “We chose to be aggressive on both ends of the floor, and we weren’t reactive, we were proactive in our approach to both ends. That mindset kind of started it for us.”

  • Out of the gate with an absolutely blistering start, the Celtics scored 38 of the first 47 points in this contest, and were led by some downright ridiculous shooting from the one-two of Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum.

    In the first quarter alone, the Brown-Tatum combo went a combined 11-for-16 from the floor, and knocked down seven of their 10 attempts from three-point range, for 30 points.

    As the team, the Celtics ended their first quarter with a staggering 46 points on 18-for-29 shooting.

    They also set a new team record for largest first-quarter differential in a single game, with a plus-30 over the battered and downright demoralized Nets after just 12 minutes of action.

  • Tatum, of course, led the way for the Celtics in this contest, with 31 points on a 12-for-19 shooting night that included makes on seven of his 12 tries from beyond the arc. Tatum also collected nine rebounds in the win.

    The other bit of good news that came from the C’s effort in this one came with the fact that the blowout allowed the Celtics to sit Tatum for the entire fourth quarter, putting Tatum at just over 29 minutes for the night, and giving him his first night of under 30 minutes since Dec. 7 in Phoenix.

    Brown did his best to match Tatum’s night, with 26 points in 31:51 of action. Brown did match Tatum’s electric effort from deep, with makes on seven of his 12 attempts from beyond the arc.

    This was the first time in Celtics history that two Celtics both hit at least seven three-pointers in the same game.

  • Behind the C’s one-two punch, Robert Williams III provided a gigantic boost to Boston’s frontcourt in his return from an ankle injury, with 16 points and nine rebounds in over 19 minutes of action.

    The Celtics had six players hit double-digits on the scoring front in this contest, including two from their bench, with Luke Kornet (12 points) and Malcolm Brogdon (10 points) making an impact.

    On the Brooklyn side of things, Kyrie led the team with 20 points.

    The Celtics will get back to work Friday night when they play host to the Suns.

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