Earlier than this assembly of the NBA’s convention leaders, it was pure to count on 48 minutes of depth, grit and drama. This was something however that.
It appears the red-hot Boston Celtics went into Phoenix with some extent to show, fully dominating the Suns in a 125-98 win that was by no means doubtful. The Celts led by as many as 45 factors within the third quarter, registered 29 assists, and shot 48.5% for the sport whereas holding the Suns to 39.8%.
Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum led the assault with 25 factors apiece, and Malcolm Brogdon added 16 (7-9 taking pictures) in his return from a one-game absence attributable to sickness. Devin Booker led the Suns with 17, however shot simply 6-17 whereas coping with foul bother.
The 21-5 Celtics have now received three straight and eight of their final 9. They’re additionally 7-0 versus the West.
Blake Griffin (9 factors, 9 rebounds) began his second straight sport as Al Horford was scratched after being positioned in well being and security protocols. Phoenix welcomed again Chris Paul after he missed a month with a heel damage.
The opening minutes had been fast-paced, led by Grant Williams scoring Boston’s first seven factors. Paul didn’t take a look at all rusty, getting three fast assists off pick-and-roll actions. Paul’s jumper put the Suns forward, 16-13, however the Celtics exploded for a 17-2 run. Brogdon scored eight of these factors on a pair of threes and a patented driving reverse layup. Suns had been 0-8 from the arc, serving to Boston to a 31-21 lead on the horn.
Luke Kornet chipped in, too.
It was Tatum’s flip within the second quarter, scoring a quick seven factors to increase the result in 16. The Suns tried to regroup, however a 7-0 Boston burst – capped off by a Grant “nook workplace” three – pushed the margin to 49-30 and compelled the reeling Suns to take their second timeout of the quarter. The carnage continued as Marcus Good assisted on a Derrick White trey and a Brown jumper. The lead was 24.
It bought worse for Phoenix. Jaylen transformed not one, not two, however three and-one three-point performs. Including to the Suns’ woes, Booker picked up his third and fourth private fouls. Brogdon’s layup simply earlier than halftime gave the Celtics a shocking 69-42 lead. The Cs shot 50.9%, had 14 assists and tallied 12 factors off 9 Suns turnovers. Phoenix was held to 35.4% from the ground and was a wretched 1-16 from deep.
The Celtics continued their assault by opening the second half with a 19-7 run, highlighted by two Griffin triples. The lead was an unbelievable 88-49 with nonetheless 7:41 to play within the quarter. After a timeout, Booker was hit along with his fifth foul, however stayed in as a result of why not? Quickly after, Jaylen drained a 3 and the Celtics had been forward by 45 factors.
Suns coach Monty Williams surrendered with 5 minutes left within the third, subbing out all 5 starters. The quarter lastly got here to a merciful finish with Boston forward, 104-65.
The fourth quarter was a formality required by league guidelines.
After three video games in 4 nights, the Celtics now have a two-day break earlier than visiting the Golden State Warriors on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. EST. Their first assembly since final season’s Finals might be televised nationally on ABC.