Boston Celtics made it look easy on Wednesday night. Phoenix Suns struggled to get back in their groove after losing to the Mavericks on Monday.
Instead, they were embarrassed with another blistering defeat at the hands of the Celtics, 125 – 98 to be precise.
Their defeat also knocked the Suns off the top spot of the Western Conference.
Not only was it another impressive showing for Boston, they also beat their win game record with 8 wins in 9 games, which ultimately beat their personal best NHL record which now stands at 21 – 5.
This game also carried some significance for the Celtics. The past couple of years have seen losses for the Celtics against the Suns. Last year for example, saw the Celtics only win half of their match-ups.
‘We remembered that. That was fresh on our minds. We wanted a different outcome.’ Jayson Tatum said post game.
Tatum along with Jaylen Brown both collected 25 points during the game, scoring against a cool Suns who struggled to get 8 of their 3-points attempts in the basket.
The second half showed Tatum’s finesse when he hit a free throw with around 7 minutes left to go in the third. He scored and pushed Boston’s enormous win advantage to 40 (89 – 49).
From the get-go Celtics were dominating. From a 2-point lead, the Celtics managed to finish the First Quarter on 31 – 21. It only got worse in the Second. The Celtics expanded the lead to as high as 27 points by the end of the quarter 69 – 42. The Third rolled in and the rays were starting to fade on the Suns as the Celtics managed to grow the gap by up to 44 points towards the middle of the quarter. Suns attempted a comeback in the 4th but it just wasn’t enough to get the win or even close a considerable gap.
Suns were struggling, there’s no doubting that but there were silly mistakes which cost them dearly. Take for example the fumble in the Third Quarter where a loose ball missed the hands of Mikal Bridges, Chris Paul and Devin Booker and into the hands of Celtics’ Marcus Smart. He finishe the play with a layup.
Final score: Boston Celtics 125 – Phoenix Suns 98
Boston Celtics are in action against Golden State Warriors on Saturday next. It’s their first matchup of the season and Celtics will be looking to bring the magic of this game into their next in San Francisco.
Phoenix Suns visit the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday. Suns might see this as a chance to get their confidence back but Pelicans have a 5 win-streak to maintain.