The win might’ve been against the worst team in the NBA, but the Celtics beating the Orlando Magic might be the confidence boost they needed. Now extending their winning streak to 5 games straight.
Jaylen Brown led the C’s in points with 26 despite going 1-9 from deep. He caught a slam dunk over center Mo Mamba in the third quarter while also getting the and-1. Perhaps him not being selected for the all-star game lit a fire under him.
Jayson Tatum had a quiet 15 points. And finally some production from Al Horford who put up a double double with 13 points and 11 rebounds.
The real story of the night was their defense — limiting Orlando to shoot 35.8% from the field and 20% from behind the arc.
“This is what we envisioned and it’s coming to fruition now that we have some consistency with our lineups,” said coach Udoka.
The bench scoring also helped with Dennis Schröder putting up 23 points. 12 of those points coming from the deep ball.
Finally, the scoring off the bench and defensive stand is exactly what the Celtics been needing this entire season. They defended on the perimeter and was able to share the rock while still putting up over 100 points. The C’s never trailed in this game. As of late they’ve been blowing out teams that they should beat.
Despite typically struggling on the road the Celtics took care of business. They’re now creeping up the eastern standings with a 30-25 record. However, they have a tough matchup on the road against the Brooklyn Nets tomorrow night. We’ll see if the Celtics can keep this up.