The Boston Celtics grew to become the primary crew within the NBA this season to succeed in 30 wins after beating the New Orleans Pelicans 125-114 at TD Backyard in Boston on Wednesday evening, largely behind a mixed 72 factors from the crew’s stars, Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown.
Brown scored season-high 41 factors and had 12 rebounds whereas Tatum had 31 factors and 10 rebounds because the Celtics received their fourth straight sport.
Brown particularly attacked the Pelicans from the mid vary, crediting further muscle added within the offseason for permitting him to deal with contact with larger opponents, as he makes a concerted effort to not accept makes an attempt from deep.
“I believe I can get to the rim at a superb fee this yr,” Brown instructed reporters afterwards, per the Celtics web site. “I undoubtedly need to maintain that up.
“I don’t need to let the protection off the hook, however I be ok with lots of the photographs I took from three. A few of them went down, a few of them haven’t. However I undoubtedly nonetheless assume I’m going to look to get to the basket much more for certain only for the rest of the yr.”
Celtics ahead Al Horford reiterated the purpose: “When (Brown) drives, I really feel like folks really feel it.
“When he’s hitting you when he’s driving, that’s actual. So it’s good to see him play at that degree and have his thoughts made up that he’s going to assault the paint.”
It was Brown’s sixth 40-point sport of his profession, shifting him previous Sam Jones and Isaiah Thomas for the sixth-most in Celtics historical past.
Along with Tatum, the 2 wing gamers have develop into the driving drive behind Boston’s latest success.
The crew reached the NBA Finals final season, finally dropping to the Golden State Warriors, and is once more probably the greatest within the league this yr.
In each scoring no less than 30 factors and 10 rebounds in the identical sport, Brown and Tatum grew to become the primary Celtics gamers to attain that stat line since Paul Pierce and Antoine Walker in 2001.
Drafted a yr after each other – Brown was drafted with the No. 3 decide within the 2016 draft and Tatum was chosen with the No. 3 decide in 2017 – they’ve constructed up an understanding collectively about dissecting defenses.
“They proceed to develop in entrance of our eyes,” Horford mentioned of the star duo after the victory. “They feed off one another, and that’s what actually drives our crew.”