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Two starts, two wins. In back to back games, Terry Rozier has excelled in place of the injured Kyrie Irving. After recording his first triple-double in Boston’s win over New York on Wednesday, Rozier set a new career high in scoring against Atlanta. The third-year guard out of Louisville finished the Celtics third consecutive victory with 31 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals.

The C’s recent third quarter struggles weren’t evident against the Hawks. Boston used a 41-20 advantage in the third frame to propel themselves to a 119-110 victory. The win improves the Celtics to 38-15 while Atlanta drops to 15-37. Brad Stevens group has a two-game lead over Toronto for the top spot in the East.

Boston

  • Scary Terry was on full display tonight, scoring 31 points on very efficient shooting. Rozier shot 11/18 from the field, 6/8 from deep, and 3/4 from the charity stripe. He has been phenomenal in place of the injured trio of Irving, Marcus Smart, and Shane Larkin.
  • Is it time to declare Jayson Tatum’s rookie slump as over? He finished with a career-high 27 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and 4 steals. Tatum feasted on defense, using his length to create live ball turnovers. He also took 19 shots, the most in his career, which shows his growing aggressiveness.
  • Jaylen Brown continues to blossom as a slasher despite his inconsistencies night in and night out. His shooting is much improved, as evidenced by his confidence to step up and knock down triples off of screens. Brown is also much more controlled when going to the basket, which has made it easier for him to finish or get fouled. He had 19 points, 3 rebounds, and 4 assists against Atlanta.
  • Al Horford had his best scoring performance of the new year thus far. The Al-Star (not a typo) recorded 17 points, 6 rebounds, and 7 assists. Horford has upped his ball movement with Irving out and he continues to be the engine behind Boston’s offense. People can argue against his numbers, but his impact on this teams success is the real reasin he’ll be in Los Angeles. Recognize.
  • Semi Ojeleye, Abdel Nader, and Kadeem Allen all saw playing time in the first quarter. Ojeleye and Nader both wound up playing 27 minutes overall on the night. Each finished with a negative +/-.
  • The Celtics bench combined to shoot 5/20 (25%). No player finished with a positive +/-.
  • Boston was significantly better on offense than the Hawks. The C’s finished 45/89 (50.6%) overall while Atlanta was just 34/80 (42.5%).

    Atlanta

  • Taurean Prince led the Hawks with a career-high 31 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 steals. The second-year player from Baylor shot 5/9 (55.5%) from behind the arc and was stout defensively. He looks like he has a chance to become a good wing player in this league.
  • Dennis Schroder has always felt like a thorn in Boston’s side since the playoff matchup in 2016. He finished with 25 points and 3 rebounds. The German guard scored at a high clip tonight but wasn’t very effective at creating for his teammates. Though at the same time, he doesn’t have a ton of talent to turn to.
  • Jaylen Brown shut down Kent Bazemore in this one. The fifth-year pro shot just 2/9 from the field en route to 11 points. Bazemore seemed to be very upset with some of the officiating in this game. He was T’d up in the third quarter.
  • Atlanta’s bench outscored Boston’s bench 35-14.
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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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