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Another ugly game, another ugly win. It wasn’t easy or stylish, but on back to back nights, the Boston Celtics have prevailed through adversity. Last night, they took down Minnesota in a gritty affair, and tonight they dispatched Brooklyn 87-85 without Al Horford.

After scoring just 41 points in the first half against Minnesota, that number fell to 39 versus Brooklyn. This team clearly struggled without one of their top offensive playmakers as they lulled their way to a 41-39 halftime deficit.

However, Jayson Tatum and Kyrie Irving both stepped up for the Celtics during the final 24 minutes of this hard-fought win. Two huge buckets by Tatum in the final 90 seconds helped his squad regain the momentum late. Then, A Boston defensive stand with 6.3 seconds left sealed this one for the C’s.

The victory improves the Celtics to 33-10 while Brooklyn falls to 15-24.

Boston

  • The grisly offense that the C’s put on display against Minnesota continued into tonight. As a team, Boston shot just 37/98 (37.8%) from the field, 5-18 (27.8%) from deep, and 8-15 (53.3%) from the line. That’s not good.
  • Irving scored 13 of his 21 points after halftime, with 9 coming in the third quarter. He grabbed an offensive rebound and swung it out to Tatum for the game-winning triple.
  • Speaking of Tatum, the rookie was extremely impressive in this one. He finished with 14 points, 6 rebounds, 3 steals, and 6 blocks. Tatum was contributing on basically all facets of the game. He also threw down a couple more dunks that he can add to his highlight reel. This kid can really fly. The six blocks were the most by a Celtics rookie since 2013.
  • Irving, Aron Baynes, and Jaylen Brown combined to shoot 15/44 (34.1%) overall.
  • Terry Rozier’s six-game streak of scoring in double figures was snapped against the Nets. He finished just 2 points on 1/7 (14.3%) shooting.
  • Daniel Theis had his second straight game with 10 rebounds. He committed a hard foul on Quincy Acy in the third quarter. Acy popped up from the floor and screamed before putting a shoulder in Theis’ chest. Acy was assessed a technical foul for the bizarre reaction.
  • Marcus Smart is 0/9 from behind the arc over the past two games.

Brooklyn

  • Spencer Dinwiddie might’ve finally found a home in Brooklyn. He led the Nets with 20 points and 3 assists. He seems like he could be a solid bench guard for Kenny Atkinson when D’Angelo Russell returns from injury.
  • DeMarre Carroll, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, and Allen Crabbe combined to shoot 6/38 (15.8%) from the field.
  • Jahlil Okafor took 12 shots in 12 minutes, so that happened. He did finish with 12 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 blocks.
  • Brooklyn shot just 6/31 (19.4%) from three-point range.

NEXT GAME: Boston and Philadelphia face off in London on Thursday, January 11.

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Dustin Lewis

Dustin Lewis is a student at Florida State University who is majoring in Editing, Writing, and Media. He has an unhealthy obsession with Marcus Smart's FG% and Terry Rozier's inability to connect on alley-oops. Lewis is also the lead writer for NoleGameday and contributes to the FSView with a focus on sports.
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  • David Anthopoulos

    A great, well-written summary, as usual. One can’t mention everything in a summary, but the defensive contribution of that third rookie in the rotation, Semi Ojeleye, deserves some attention. The way as a rookie he has the discipline to go straight up vertically, avoiding foul calls even when there’s a little contact. And here’s a little challenge, for a nice piece of research. Tatum, Theis, Ojeleye–how many teams, lottery teams let alone conference leaders, have had three true rookies in the rotation (double-digit minutes, or whatever the definition of in the rotation is).