Celtics, Avery Bradley hit stride in solid win over Hornets
|10.29.16 at 10:07 pm ET|
The Celtics finally found a groove in their 104-98 win over the Hornets, their second win of the season.
After two lackluster games, the third time was the charm for the Celtics this season. They came out of the gate strong in the first quarter grabbing the lead early with 3-point shots. Their first 15 points were all from 3-pointers.
The Celtics pulled ahead with a 28-19 lead after the first quarter, but leveled off with a stagnant bench and the Hornets closed the Celtics’ lead gap to 44-41 at halftime.
The Celtics defense overall was stronger than in the past two games. Rebounding was key in this one, with Bradley coming through with a career-high 11 boards, while Jae Crowder grabbed nine.
“I thought we were locked in,” coach Brad Stevens said in his post game press conference. “I thought our guys were really locked in. … They just played with poise, chipped at it.”
The team looked generally in sync offensively as the bench woke up in the second half and they returned to shooting with confidence. Crowder made two 3’s in the third while Al Horford and Isaiah Thomas each sunk one.
The Celtics lost the lead in the third and ended the quarter behind 72-71 before regaining it quickly in the fourth on another Bradley 3-pointer and went on to go on a 22-5 run in that final quarter.
Kemba Walker was the star for the Hornets in this Charlotte home opener. The UConn product led the Hornets in scoring with 29 points and the Celtics clearly needed to tighten up the defense on him.
The Celtics held the Hornets to a 40.9 field goal percentage and 32-of-79 shots.
For the box score, click here. For more on the game, read on.
Stud of the night: Avery Bradley
Big night for Bradley, who led the team in points (31) and rebounds (11). He was made 8-of-11 3-pointers and had 4 assists.
Dud of the night: Defense on Bradley
Bradley’s night was largely due to his own talent, but Charlotte’s defense played a role in allowing him to get shots up and grab rebounds. He made 11 of the 19 shots he put up.
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