Recap: Kelly Olynyk leads Celtics past Hornets, 102-89

By Tyler Sullivan Follow on Twitter @TylerSully

It seems like Kelly Olynyk has turned a corner. Starting in place of Amir Johnson, Olynyk shined dropping 20 points to go along with 9 rebounds giving the Hornets their 5th loss on the last 6 games, 103-89.

Four of the Celtics starting five scored over 17 points and Jae Crowder earned his third consecutive double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds.

The Celtics were rolling in the first quarter hitting 62.5% of their shots while holding Charlotte to 42.1%. The second quarter was abysmal on both sides, but Boston responded dropping 27 points in the third. Things got a little interesting in the fourth quarter when the Hornets cut the C’s lead to just 5 with 3 minutes to go, but Boston closed the game out were able to walk away with the best Christmas gift, a win.

Game Notes 

  • As stated above, Kelly was a monster out there and his major highlight was this put back slam.

  • And the C’s bench loved it.

  • This was one of the better defensive games for the Celtics in a while, however you could argue that Charlotte is just playing poorly. Regardless, I thought the C’s were able to get in the face of a lot of shots and rebounded well.

  • Jared Sullinger returned to the lineup and was the only starter to not score in double figures (8 points), but had a solid defensive outing, grabbed 10 boards and had 5 assists.
  • Boston’s starting backcourt with Avery Bradley and Isaiah Thomas each contributed with 18 points. Thomas has seemed to be more willing as a passer recently totaling 7 assists on Wednesday night. Bradley shot 7-14 from the field and 2-5 from deep.

The Celtics are off until after Christmas (Speaking of Merry Christmas to you and yours) when they play the Pistons in Detroit on Friday and then the Knicks at TD Garden on Saturday.

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