The shorthanded Celtics could not overcome issues on the defensive glass and decision making as the Phoenix Suns pulled off the 111-103 upset win at the TD Garden on Wednesday night. Boston was down three of its top big men (Al Horford, Marcus Morris, Aron Baynes) after Baynes suffered a broken left hand just minutes into the contest. Without the team's top defensive rebounders, the Suns feasted on the offensive glass (21 offensive rebounds) to recover from a 13-point first half deficit and pull off their fourth straight victory.
Kyrie Irving (29 points, 10 assists) paced the Celtics offense early to a tremendous start (37 first quarter points) but turnovers (16) and poor shooting sank the hosts' offense over the final three frames as they managed to score just 66 points against one of the worst defenses in the NBA. Jayson Tatum added 18 points but another ugly night from Jaylen Brown (6 points) helped keep Boston from keeping pace with big performances from Devin Booker (25 points) and DeAndre Ayton (23 points, 18 rebounds).
C's have now lost two straight games heading into Friday's nationally televised showdown with the Bucks.