By Tyler Sullivan Follow on Twitter @TylerSully
The Celtics were billed as the appetizer on Super Bowl Sunday taking on the Sacramento Kings in a matinee at TD Garden and if you like defense … well you might want to just wait for kickoff.
Boston lit it up out of the gate scoring an NBA season high 46 points on 58.1% shooting in the first quarter to eventually claim the 128-119 win. Avery Bradley, who buried the game winner against Cleveland on Friday night, had a team high 25 points on 6-7 shooting from three point land.
The birthday boy Isaiah Thomas chipped in with 22 points and 9 assists. The 5’9 guard also blocked Demarcus Cousins
The C’s lead grew to a high as 21 points, but after a 19-4 run in the 3rd quarter the Kings brought it within eight.
- The Celtics were uncharacteristically sloppy with the basketball (24 turnovers) and struggled on defense (despite the loss the Kings did score 119 points).
- Amir Johnson had an efficient game scoring 8 points (4 of 6 shooting). He also had 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals.
- He and Jared Sullinger (21 points 6 rebounds) did a decent job defending Cousins (31 points on 11-25 shooting)
- Rajon Rondo got an applause at the beginning of the game from the TD Garden and ended his afternoon with a typical Rondo stat line: 14 points, 15 assists, 6 steals and 5 rebounds.