Jaylen Brown poured in a season high 31 points at the TD Garden last night to help push the Celtics to a home victory over a scrappy Miami Heat team. The Celtics were able to extend their record to 15-5 on the season with the victory. With the victory, the Celtics were able to continue their trend of protecting the home floor, as last night’s victory extended the Celtics home record this season to a league best 8-0.
The game started off slow for the Celtics, as they found themselves down by as much as 11 points in the first quarter to a team that has completely taken the league by surprise this season. The Heat came into this game with a 15-5 record, something absolutely nobody saw coming at the start of the year. If you told me over the summer that in December the Miami Heat would be pushing for first place in the Eastern Conference with something named Duncan Robinson in the starting lineup, I would have questioned if you had some sort of crystal ball or something. I definitely was not surprised however to see that the well coached and disciplined Heat took it to the Celtics early, with star player Jimmy Butler starting to get cooking early.
After a rough first quarter, the Celtics began to turn things around. In the second, the Celtics caught fire shooting the ball, draining threes left and right and the Celts were able to outscore the Heat 32-16 in the second to head into the half with an 8 point lead. The second half was more of the same for the Celtics as Jaylen Brown, Kemba Walker, and Jayson Tatum all kept the hot shooting form alive as the Celtics were able to extend their lead to as much as 23 points to put the game out of reach. This was also somewhat of an odd win for the Celtics as Jimmy Butler put up a season high 37 points for the Heat while hitting 6 three pointers and only missing on six shots the whole game. This shows that the Celtics were able to keep the rest of the Heat in check and were able to put the game out of reach thanks to their efficient shooting during the game. The Celtics look to extend their home winning streak to 9 games with a win over the Denver Nuggets on Friday.