By Tyler Sullivan Follow on Twitter @TylerSully
In Brooklyn’s last offensive possession of the game, starting point guard Shane Larkin, who started in place of Jarrett Jack (torn ACL) completely missed air-balling an easy runner.
For a while that was what it was like for the Celtics playing the Brooklyn Nets who, for all intensive purposes, are not a good basketball team. What I mean is that they were missing easy opportunities to win basketball game.
That point was clear tonight in the C’s 103-94 win in Brooklyn as Boston snapped a 2 game losing streak.
Boston got it going early in the first quarter dropping 37 points as a team while shooting 55.6% from the floor. They also had a +15 point differential, were noticeably more aggressive taking the ball to the basket and successful scoring in the paint.
Brooklyn made it a game of it in the second half and at 3:36 in the fourth quarter they made a quick 5-0 run to cut a once double digit lead down to just five.
That was when Jae Crowder, who had a tremendous game scoring a career high 25 points, nailed a three to get the C’s back on track.
- Celtics head coach Brad Stevens shook up his lineup inserting Kelly Olynyk and Evan Turner into the rotation over Jared Sullinger, who came off the bench, and Avery Bradley who was out (left hit pointer).
- Despite coming off the bench, Sullinger recorded a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds in 18 minutes.
- Evan Turner also had a double-double scoring 12 points and had 10 rebounds.
- Turner didn’t just kill it on the court in BKNY, he also crushed the sweater game in his post game presser.
- The Celtics assisted on 22 of their 41 made baskets against the Nets. Isaiah Thomas led the C’s in assists with 7 while dropping 19 points on 7 of 18 shooting.
- Marcus Smart (7 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists), who continues to ease his way back into the Celtics rotation after coming back from a leg injury, impressed off the bench making a couple of highlight plays on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball.
Celtics are back on the court on Wednesday when they tip off against the Detroit Pistons at TD Garden.