Boston Celtics added their third consecutive victory against the Indiana Pacers (119-100) and thus overcome their particular January crisis. One more day, the Jays They responded to the trust that the franchise has placed in them and were the leaders of the team. Meanwhile, the Pacers are still in free fall and are already eight losses in the last nine games.
It seems that, little by little, the good news is returning for the Boston franchise, which has not won three games in a row since November. Jaylen Brown scored 34 points and Jayson Tatum joined him with 33 to win the Pacers again and without going into extra time, as had happened just two days ago. Dennis Schröder, who assumed the minutes of a Marcus Smart who was out due to injury, contributed 23 points.
Once again the dependence that the Celtics have on their stars has been reflected. They are a much more effective team when Tatum and Brown are plugged in, they have never lost when they have both scored more than 30 points. In addition, since they started playing together, they have a 34-16 record when they add 50 or more points between the two, figures they have achieved in the last two games.
The Pacers didn’t have a particularly inspired player. Myles Turner was the team’s leading scorer with 18 points and Domantas Sabonis (17) and Caris LeVert (16) joined him. Beyond the defeat, the negative note was left by Malcolm Brogdon, who was ruled out at the end of the game due to discomfort in his Achilles tendon. Rick Carlisle’s team remains with a 15-27 record, a long way from the positions of playoffs.
Two true leaders
After the game, Celtics coach Ime Udoka did not want to miss the opportunity to praise his stars. “When they complement each other this well, they make everything easier. You have to find a way to make this happen on a regular basis, “commented the technician. In addition, Udoka stated that he liked how the Celtics were able to go out fast on the attack after good defenses and that these transitions favored the game of the Jays.
The two team leaders also attended a press conference. Tatum said that when the shots come in, the Celtics become a much tougher team and that helps them defend better. Meanwhile, Brown was full of praise for his partner. «Seeing Tatum play like this inspires me»He declared.
Jaylen also highlighted the change of course of his team, which is beginning to wake up after a losing streak.“We have been through a lot of adversity so far this season. So it’s time to start turning some of that adversity into positive production. I think we are capable, we are ready for it», Commented the top scorer of the match. With this victory, the Celtics are left with a 21-21 record before hosting two tough opponents like the 76ers and the Bulls.
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