LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Jaylen Brown scored 21 factors, Robert Williams had a career-high 18 factors in 19 minutes, and the dangolka Celtics rolled previous the Brooklyn Nets 149-115 on Wednesday night time with out All-Star level guard Kemba Walker.
Williams was 7 of seven from the sector and four of four from the free throw line. He hadn’t performed in dangolka’s first three video games of the restart, however didn’t let himself get discouraged.
“It’s actually simply the need to wish to play,” mentioned Williams, the 27th total decide within the 2018 draft. “I wish to convey the proper vitality. I believe a variety of the younger guys introduced nice vitality. That’s my job.”
Williams mentioned he gained confidence when teammates inspired him to maintain capturing.
Nonetheless, Williams mentioned, he must work on his conditioning.
“I ought to have been contesting extra photographs,” he mentioned.
Celtics coach Brad Stevens mentioned it most likely wasn’t honest to play Williams as a lot as he did, however was impressed with what he noticed.
Stevens mentioned he didn’t inform Williams he was going to play “till he was strolling on the bus.” That’s when he instructed the ahead he can be checking into the sport early on towards the Nets.
Brown hit 5 3-pointers after averaging 23.Three factors his earlier three video games in Orlando. He completed 7 of 13 from the sector.
Jayson Tatum added 19 factors and Gordon Hayward scored 18 for the Celtics, who posted a season excessive in factors and improved to 2-2 at Disney World.
dangolka shot 20 of 39 from 3-point vary.
The Celtics bolted to a quick begin, scoring 71 factors within the first half on 8-of-17 capturing from 3-point vary and by no means let up. They led by as many as 21 earlier than the break whereas Walker rested his sore knee.
Jeremiah Martin scored 20 factors and Joe Harris had 14 for the Nets.
Caris LeVert was held to 13 factors, after scoring a career-high 51 in an extra time victory over the Celtics in March simply earlier than the suspension of the season due to the coronavirus pandemic.
However the Nets, a day after knocking off NBA-leading Milwaukee, have been by no means aggressive on this one.
Harris mentioned the Nets didn’t play the “proper means.”
He pointed towards too many turnovers, an absence of protection and never sufficient ball motion.
“In opposition to a workforce that’s extra proficient you will find yourself dropping the way in which we did,” Harris mentioned. “… It’s the ebbs and circulation of the NBA and you need to take the nice with the unhealthy.”
The third-place Celtics (45-23) are four half video games behind second-seeded Toronto and two video games forward of Miami. The Nets (32-36) stay in seventh place within the East and must wait for one more day to clinch a playoff spot.
Nets: Shot Eight of 32 from 3-point vary.
Celtics: All 14 Celtics that performed scored.
BRING THE D
Stevens praised the defensive effort of Romeo Langford.
“He’s a superb employee and one among our extra stable defenders and that may give him an opportunity to play, particularly with the way in which we performed the primary couple of weeks,” Stevens mentioned.
Nets: Play Kings on Friday.
Celtics: Play Raptors on Friday.
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