Jaylen Brown scored 29 factors, Jayson Tatum had 27 and the Boston Celtics cruised to a 117-94 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Saturday night time.
Kristaps Porzingis added 21 factors and 7 rebounds in 28 minutes for the Celtics, who gained their second straight after a 14-point victory over Brooklyn of their first NBA In-Season Match sport on Friday night time.
“I really feel like we’re actually removed from being a completed product, a staff that that is it,” Porzingis mentioned. “We’re removed from that also. … There’s going to be ups and downs. There’s going to be like three video games the place it will look insane and three video games the place it will disintegrate and the followers are going to overreact.”
Pascal Siakam led the Raptors with 17 factors and 7 rebounds. Dennis Schroder had 14 factors and Jakob Poeltl 12.
Toronto, which had gained its final two video games – each on the street – shot simply 10 for 37 on 3-point makes an attempt.
Celtics HC Joe Mazzulla on utilizing problem up 27 factors
Boston coach Joe Mazzulla used a problem – and was profitable – together with his staff up 27 factors and three:27 remaining within the sport.
“On the finish of the day, my duty is to my gamers first,” he mentioned when advised the Raptors had been upset. “It was a transparent alternative for me to attempt to empower the gamers, allow them to know I am teaching you.”
The Raptors felt in another way.
“That is disrespectful,” Schroder mentioned within the locker room.
Requested if its one thing they’re going to keep in mind Friday when the groups meet once more in Toronto, he shortly mentioned: “For positive.”
Jaylen Brown goes off within the third quarter
Brown scored 14 within the third quarter when the Celtics pushed their nine-point halftime edge to 24 factors halfway into the quarter. He began his scoring spree with a left-corner 3 and capped it with a putback jam, coming in on the baseline. Brown had 28 factors within the win on Friday. Tatum added 23.
“Each of them, elite gamers on this league,” Schroder mentioned. “On the finish of the day, we made it simple for them. We have a chance on Friday to make it more durable.”
Boston led 88-71 after three quarters. With Brown on the bench firstly of the fourth, it was Tatum’s flip. He nailed 3s on back-to-back possessions, pushing Boston’s result in 96-71.
Later, he arrange Brown for a crowd-pleasing, fast-break jam that made it 101-73 with simply over 8 minutes left. With the Raptors misfiring early and sometimes from 3-point vary, it ended up being a comparatively simple night time for Boston’s starters with all of them on the bench having fun with the ultimate minutes.
TD Backyard had its conventional parquet flooring an evening after the event sport on an NBA-mandated flooring with a tournament-themed look. Boston heart Al Horford was again within the lineup after having Friday’s sport off to handle a right-knee harm. He scored seven factors with seven rebounds in 24 minutes.
Raptors: Host the Wizards on Monday night time, the primary of 4 straight at house.
Celtics: Face the Knicks on Monday night time, closing a three-game homestand.