Deep Celtics team making its own history, defeats Timberwolves 127-117

In the end, the Boston Celtics simply had too many weapons in their arsenal, taking out the injury-depleted Minnesota Timberwolves, 127-117. Minnesota was without center Karl-Anthony Towns, on the shelf with an injury, and Boston was missing Kemba Walker due to knee soreness. But Kemba's absence didn't matter. The Celtics had four players score 25-or-more points in the game for the first time since Tom Heinsohn, Bob Cousy, Bill Sharman and Bill Russell did it on January 20, 1960 (per NBA's Dave Campbell):

“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:


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.


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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