Celtics easily dominate Suns with Booker off

Celtics easily dominate Suns with Booker off



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The Celtics overwhelmingly dominated the Phoenix suns by 123-108 in a game in which Boston’s, without Jayson tatum, they were 30 points up on the scoreboard and in which the local pivot, Robert Williams III, achieved the first triple-double of his career.

Williams III scored 10 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, in addition to dispensing 5 blocks and getting 2 steals. His teammate Jaylen Brown had a double-double with 24 points and 11 rebounds and Marcus Smart 24 points and 9 rebounds.

The best of the Suns was Devin booker that despite having a gray performance with a shooting percentage of 26.9%, he ended up scoring 22 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals. Cameron Johnson contributed 20 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist and 2 steals.

 

 

The Suns came to Boston being the second in the classification of the Western Conference while the Celtics were in the tenth position of the Eastern Conference and had lost the last 3 games in a row.

Before kickoff, the TD Garden held a minute’s silence in honor of historic Celtics point guard Sam Jones who died at age 88 on Thursday night. Jones is the second athlete with the most NBA titles, with 10 rings and 5 times “All Star”.

The game began with an intoned Smart that rejoined the Boston team after a slight hand injury. The point guard went out to eat the court and scored 3 of 2 points in the first 2 minutes of the game.

For much of the first 12 minutes, the game remained even, with constant changes of leadership on the scoreboard. But in the final two minutes, the Celtics posted a 10-2 run and went 32-20 on the scoreboard.

In the second quarter, the Boston team maintained control of the game and gradually increased their advantage.

4 minutes before the end of the second quarter, a basket by Josh Richardson, who, after starting the game from the bench, had so far 13 points, 3 rebounds, one assist and one steal, got a lead of 19 points, 54-35 , for the Celtics.

Booker, missing

The Celtics got into a run and continued to increase their lead thanks to successive errors by the Suns and guard Booker seemed missing.

Less than a minute from the end of the first half, Boston’s team led Phoenix by 30 points, 67-37, with a sensational “alley oop” of Robert Williams III after Richardson’s pass. The first half ended 67-41.

 

After the break, the Suns began to improve led by Jalen Smith and Cameron Johnson. Meanwhile, a Robert Williams III block in the first minutes of the period humiliated a bewildered Booker who was finding it difficult to get into the game.

The third quarter ended 100-77 with a triple by Robert Williams III when the horn sounded.

In the opening minutes of the final quarter, a play by Brown, with several fantasy feints that knocked out 4 defenders and finished in 2 points, lifted the TD Garden spectators from their seats.

 

With 5 minutes remaining, the Bostonians’ lead narrowed again, 107-97, led by Suns point guard Chris Paul.

But the Celtics were determined not to lose this game at the last minute, and they applied with an almost insurmountable defense and a festival of blocks that left the final score in 123-108.




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