BOSTON — After going undefeated on their west coast trip—the Celtics easily blowout the Utah Jazz at home 125-97. Although Marcus Smart’s 13 assists helped lead the way, it was an overall team effort offensively that won the game.
It’s no secret that the Boston Celtics have been the best defensive team in the second half of the season, but their clicking offensively. They shared the ball finishing with 37 assists as a unit.
“Guys are confident, playing free and playing together,” said coach Ime Udoka. “I think we all feel there’s another level we can take it to.”
Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum both finished with 26 points a piece. Tatum went off in the first half, while Brown closed it out in the fourth quarter. The only other Celtic to finish with a double double was Robert Williams with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Williams ran the floor, altered shots, and caught alley-oops and slams all game.
It’s clear the Celtics got a significant boost since getting back Williams and Smart. Both were out last game but the Celtics still managed to pull out a win against the Thunder. The bench scoring also was helpful adding 47 points.
The Celtics got out to a early lead, and never looked back. C’s scored 39 points in the first quarter. The Jazz just couldn’t fight back and get the game back to single digits. The lead once reached 32 points.
As for the Jazz, Donavon Mitchell put up buckets finishing with 37 points despite shooting 25% from deep. Rudy Gobert finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds but was slowed down by Williams presence. Mike Conley was essentially shut down only scoring 9 points. Their bench didn’t help much only scoring 20 points.
Celtics have now won 10 of their last 11 games—and on a five game winning streak. Their slowly creeping behind the Miami Heat for the top spot in the eastern conference. Celtics will have a little break before playing the Minnesota Timberwolves at home Sunday.