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Celtics First to Reach 20 Wins, Oust Suns in Rare Saturday Matinee

 

In a rare Saturday matinee game, the Celtics took care of business, 116-111against an overlooked Phoenix Suns team. The Suns, led by 21-year-old Devin Booker, played tough, but could not overcome the lead the Celtics had built up in the fourth quarter. If you can remember, the last time the Suns visited the TD Garden, Booker put up a career-high 70 points in a losing effort back in March. On Saturday, the Kentucky alum was just as impressive as he was nine months ago. He kept the Suns in this game and it looks like TD Garden may be his favorite place to visit in the NBA. In two career games, Booker is averaging 54 PPG while shooting 53.6% from the field, pretty good if you ask me.

Now, Booker was most definitely the star of this game, but the Celtics distributed the ball more than the Suns, which led to the win. Compared to the Suns, the Celtics had twice as many players in double figures, while also tallying eight more assists. Kyrie Irving led the way in scoring with 19 points on 8/14 shooting, including 2/3 from deep and some clutch playmaking in the fourth.

Al Horford led the way passing the rock, racking up a career-best 11 Assists to go along with 14 Points, his seventh double-double of the season.

Jaywatch put up a combined 32 on 10/16 shooting to go along with a healthy amount of highlights, including this interview with Jayson Tatum’s mother:

 

The highlights:

 

 

 

Obviously, I will take the win any day, but it would have been better if this one did not end as close it did. At one point in the fourth, with 10:00 remaining, the Celtics went up by 13 points. After that though, the Suns responded by going on a 24-9 run to cut the deficit to a mere two points. But like I mentioned earlier, Kyrie was able to put this one away over the last two minutes. Putting games away is something this team will need to work on, and I hope they can be in a place soon where they are able to put their foot on the pedal and eliminate any chance of a comeback against them.

 

The Milwaukee Bucks are next up on the schedule, and I’m looking forward to another Al Horford vs. Giannis Antetokounmpo duel. The key difference in this Bucks team compared to the one the Celtics saw over a month ago would be Eric Bledsoe. Bledsoe was acquired by Milwaukee on November 7th and has averaged 16.7 PPG in 10 games with the Bucks thus far. Like Horford vs. Giannis, Kyrie vs. Bledsoe is something else to look forward to.

 

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