By Tyler Sullivan Follow on Twitter @TylerSully
Boston came out firing in the third of their five game road trip to beat the Sacramento Kings like a mexican piñata, 114-97 in Mexico City.
The Celtics dominated pretty much the entire game, while Sacramento looked like they were treating this one like an exhibition.
Four Celtics scored 20 or more points (first time since December 23, 2007) including Kelly Olynyk who scored 21 points in 25 minutes off the bench. He also had 4 rebounds, 4 assists and a steal.
The big story going into this one was former Celtics captain Rajon Rondo (5 points, 8 assists and 3 rebounds) facing off against his former team, but the point guards night was cut short being tossed in the 3rd quarter for staring down referee Bill Kennedy.
The 3rd quarter was also where the Celtics really jumped ahead of the Kings scoring 39 points on 12-17 shooting.
The Celtics are now 11-8 on the season and are 3 games above .500 for the first time in the Brad Stevens era.
- Kelly Olynyk had a great game off the bench. Some would say it’s the porous Kings defense, others would say he likes playing in Mexico City, but the right people would say it’s because of the man bun.
- DeMarcus Cousins (16 points on 4-17 shooting, 7 rebounds and 4 assists) showed Celtics fans why he is not worth one of the valuable Brooklyn Nets first round picks with his play tonight. He didn’t hustle, shot ill-advised three point shots and basically waved the white flag in the first quarter.
- Rondo wasn’t the only player facing his former team in Mexico City. Isaiah Thomas played his first three seasons in the NBA in Sacramento and showed his former team what they are missing scoring 21 points to go along with his 9 assists, 6 rebounds and 4 steals. He also had great defense on his old buddy Boogie.
- Boston forced 19 turnovers to add to their NBA league leading. 14 of those turnovers coming off of steals.
- Jae Crowder had a strong night being one of the four Celtics to score 20 points. He also had 6 assists, 3 rebounds and 2 steals.
The Celtics have two more games on this road trip. They will be in San Antonio to face the Spurs on Saturday and on Monday they will visit Anthony Davis and the Pelicans.