Recap: Celtics big first quarter helps burry the Kings, 128-119

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.

Game Notes

  • 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.

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