The Boston Celtics avenged their November loss to the Denver Nuggets with a resounding 108-95 victory last night to maintain their perfect home record on the season. The Celtics are now a perfect 9-0 when playing at home this season. With the win, the Celtics were able to improve to 16-5 on the season and are now within three games of the first place Milwaukee Bucks.
This was a game where the Celtics were able to dominate from the get go. The Celtics lead from the moment the game started and never looked back. By the third quarter, the Celtics were in the lead by as much as 23 points vs a Denver team that will likely finish as top playoff seed in the always competitive western conference. In addition to having no answer for Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown (more on them in a minute), the Nuggets could just not seem to get going offensively it seemed, shooting a mediocre 41% for the game as a team. The only bright spot for the Nuggets was superstar center Nikola Jokic, who managed to score 30 points while grabbing 10 rebounds. Nobody else on the team scored more than 10 points, which goes to show just how much better the Celtics play defensively when they are at home in the TD Garden.
The win last night was a signature performance from Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum, as the two youngsters were able to link up throughout the game with great success. Brown scored 21 points on 8-15 shooting while knocking down three 3 pointers as well as contributing seven rebounds and two assists. Tatum, on the day of his son’s second birthday, was equally as effective for the Celtics, scoring a team high 26 points on 10-19 shooting while connecting on four three pointers in addition to also contributing seven rebounds and five assists. Kemba Walker also chipped with 19 points as well to help the Celtics win. The Celtics look to continue their hot run of form when they square off against the lowly Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night. (All stats courtesy of the Celtics official website)