Deep Celtics team making its own history, defeats Timberwolves 127-117
“The strength of our team is just the amount of guys that can go off at any point in time, especially when you’re making the right plays and getting easy looks,” Hayward said. "We’re too talented. We just need to continue to do that.”
Jalen Brown scored 25 points and Jayson Tatum had 28 points and 11 rebounds as fellow All-Star Kemba Walker sat out because of a minor knee injury. The four players at 25 or more points marked just the second such occurrence in Celtics history. Tom Heinsohn, Bill Russell, Bob Cousy and Bill Sharman did it on Jan. 20, 1960.
“It just shows how deep and how good our team is,” Theis said.
The Celtics are indeed "deep and good". Daniel Theis had season highs on points and rebounds, with 25 and 16, respectively. Gordon Hayward had a team-high 29 points - Jaylen Brown had 25 points - and Jayson Tatum finished with a double-double of 28 points and 11 boards. Tatum is creating a history of his own this season:
Jayson Tatum is the first player in NBA history to record at least 3,500 points, 1,000 rebounds, 400 assists, and fewer than 400 turnovers before reaching the age of 22, per @bball_ref.— Taylor Snow (@taylorcsnow) February 22, 2020
Boston's quartet of Tatum, Brown, Hayward and Theis accounted for 107 of the Celtics' 127 points, with starting point guard, Marcus Smart, adding 10 points and 10 assists. Boston's bench accounted for the remaining 10 points.
Daniel Theis is the first Celtics player to record 25+ points and 16+ rebounds while shooting at least 64.0% since Al Jefferson did so on March 9, 2007— Celtics Stats (@celtics_stats) February 22, 2020
The Celtics take on the Lakers in Los Angeles on Sunday, and battling Anthony Davis and Lebron James on enemy hardwood will be a true test for the "deep and good" Guys in Green. Boston sits in third place in the East with a 39-16 record, just behind the Toronto Raptors at 41-15.
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