DENVER — Celtics now 3-0 in their west coast trip after blowing out the Denver Nuggets last night 124-104. They’ve now won eight of their last nine games, the C’s continue climbing up the eastern conference standings, now at 4th, and about to beat out Philly.
Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown each finished with 30 points a piece, but it was Tatum who made history tonight. He’s now has the third most made threes in Celtics history beating out legendary Ray Allen AKA Jesus Shuttlesworth. The Ball Arena had fans chanting ‘MVP’ but not for Jokic, but for Tatum.
“You expect that, get that at home, but when you travel and see all the Celtics jerseys and T-shirts and hoodies and hear them chanting for you on the road, that’s an incredible feeling,” said Tatum.
As a team, the C’s stood tall against the reigning MVP Jokic. Boston shot 57.3% from the field and 47% from behind the arc. Payton Pritchard played a big role off the bench not missing a single three pointer going five for five, and finishing with 17 points.
Celtics were able to grab a 27 point lead in the second quarter and didn’t let go. The biggest lead once reaching 28 points. Boston used to give up big leads late in games early in the season, but not anymore.
C’s were just efficient all around. Collectively, the team didn’t miss a single free throw. They also managed to keep their turnovers in the single digits. Plus, they also shared the rock winning the assists battle.
And of course defense played a large role, as they held Jokic to only 23 points and four assists. Besides that, Denver struggled putting points up on the board. Especially with Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr. still out with no sight of a return.
Celtics will look to continue their hot streak on this west coast trip against the Oklahoma Thunder tonight.