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The Boston Celtics treated the TD Garden crowd to a lopsided victory over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night.
After starting just 3-for-13 from 3-point range in the first quarter, the C’s found their groove and shot 15-for-33 from beyond the arc the rest of the game. Detroit shot just 21.2 percent (7-for-33) from 3 and 41.6 percent from the field, and that was the difference in the 128-112 victory.
Celtics stars Jayson Tatum (31 points) and Jaylen Brown (30 points) led the way, while Sam Houser (18 points) provided a boost off the bench. Marcus Smart dished out 11 assists, marking the first time the veteran guard has had double figures in three straight games.
Jayden Ivey, the Pistons’ 18-year-old rookie, selected fifth overall in the 2022 NBA draft, had a team-high 19 points with 10 rebounds.
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The Celtics will try to make it five games in a row when they host the Denver Nuggets on Friday night. Here are three takeaways from Wednesday’s win.
Sam Hauser plays the lead role
So far, Houser has rewarded the Celtics for his increased role on the team this season.
The sharpshooter once again provided a spark off the C’s bench with his second double-figure performance in his last three games. Less than a week after dropping 17 points against the New York Knicks, Hauser set a new career high with 24 against Detroit.
Houser shot 9-for-15 from the field (6-for-12 from 3). That makes him 53.3 percent from long range so far this season, and that’s more than Brad Stevens and Co. could ask for. when they gave the undrafted Virginia product a vote of confidence ahead of the campaign.
The Jays assert their dominance
Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown paced the young Pistons with a combined 61 points in Wednesday’s win.
It was a slow start for Tatum, who scored just five points in the first half. But the Celtics superstar wasted no time making his presence felt in the second half as he erupted for 16 points in the first five minutes of the third quarter.
Tatum found the 3-point shooting (5-for-11) as he finished with 31 points and five assists to cap it off. The TD Garden crowd shared their thoughts on his stellar start to the campaign.
While Tatum was cold at first, Brown was excellent from start to finish. He put up 17 points in the first half, including this thunderous dunk in the second quarter.
Brown was a team-best +25 while scoring 30 points (11-19 FG) with seven rebounds and three assists. Both Tatum and Brown have taken their game to another level through the first 11 games of the season.
The only blemish on the night for Boston was Malcolm Brogdon leaving the game with a hamstring problem. The veteran point guard was ruled out for the second half with what the team called hamstring tightness.
Before the injury, Brogdon had nine points but had an uncharacteristic four turnovers in 14 minutes. Payton Pritchard saw more time in his absence and finished with four points (2-6 FG) and three rebounds in 12 minutes.
C’s fans will be hoping that Brogdon’s departure was just a precautionary measure, as the 29-year-old has been plagued by injuries throughout his career. His situation will be worth watching for Friday night’s game against Denver.