The Boston Celtics fetch now won nine straight games in opposition to the Brooklyn Nets (five current season, four playoffs) after taking down their Atlantic Division rival 109-98 on Thursday from Barclays Center.
Both groups played short-handed with Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (adductor strain) and Nets forward Kevin Durant (MCL sprain) out.
Boston modified into in a position to conquer Brown’s absence thanks in orderly fragment to guards Marcus Smooth and Malcolm Brogdon.
Smooth posted 16 substances, 10 assists and six rebounds. He had five first-quarter assists, including this dish to Robert Williams III:
He led a sensational bench effort from the C’s, whose reserves blended to shoot 17-of-27 for 38 substances.
It modified into an spectacular evening for the C’s serious about Brown’s absence and an off shooting evening from Jayson Tatum, who shot 7-of-22 but soundless produced with 20 substances and 11 rebounds.
Boston has now won five straight to present a enhance to to an NBA-most effective 31-12 keep, and Twitter praised Smooth and Brogdon for their efforts.
Dalé 🇭🇹☘️ @CFC_617
After recording 10 assists in opposition to the Nets, the Celtics are in fact 19-4 when Marcus Smooth files 10+ assists in a sport.
I fetch Marcus spruce factual lost more than one tooth diving for a free ball that in fact did now not topic. I fuckin bask in that guy
Dan Greenberg @StoolGreenie
Take into consideration thinking Marcus Smooth is now not in fact a natural passer
Marcus spruce at closing become into a form of gamers the set up their box salvage undermines their influence
Kenny III☘️ @CELTICSvsEvery1
Cherish & Belief Marcus Smooth to all the time produce a play ☘️
Daniel Idemudia @Ade_DanielBN
This Celtics crew is too damn upright. Brogdon is def a cheat code👏🏾
Josualdo H. @Citydreamr
Malcolm brogdon modified into a settle for the celtics and it reveals
Celtics Muse (31-12) @CeltsMuse
Unable to put up stats tonight but colossal crew remove despite Tatum’s downhearted shooting!! Derrick White and Malcom Brogdon stepped up mountainous time!! #Celtics
Seth Johnson @sethvthem
Equally tickled for Malcolm Brogdon and the vogue he’s ballin for the Celtics. I may maybe per chance also bask in to to set up a query to one among these dudes play key minutes for their respective crew in the NBA Finals. https://t.co/OGjndCmP7B
Brogdon this sort of underrated pickup
Boston will now trip to Charlotte and play wait on-to-wait on side freeway games in opposition to the Hornets on Saturday and Monday.