Jaylen Brown got a big commitment from the Celtics before the season started and he’s been living up to it with his play in the past few weeks. His effort was no better than Wednesday night as he posted a season-high 31 points, helping the C’s rally from an 11-point first half deficit with a 42-15 run in the middle quarters on the way to a 112-93 Boston win. Kemba Walker added 28 points for the shorthanded C’s who played without Marcus Smart (illness) in the victory.
Boston only shot 43 percent on the night but made a living at the free throw line, doubling up the Heat 32-16 in the win. Semi Ojeleye also proved to be crucial in the middle two quarters, posting a +21 with 5 points and 7 rebounds as he stabilized the C’s defense and helped Boston outscore Miami 62-41 in the middle two frames.
The C’s improve to 8-0 at home with the win and 15-5 overall on the year. They get another tough test on Friday night in a home date with the Nuggets.
GAME: No. 20 of 82 WHO: Celtics (14-5) vs. Heat (15-5) WHEN: 7:30 EST WHERE: TD Garden RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub TV: NBC Sports Boston
Projected Starting Lineups:
PG: Kemba Walker
SG: Jaylen Brown
SF: Jayson Tatum
PF: Grant Williams
C: Daniel Theis
G: Kendrick Nunn
G: Duncan Robinson SF: Jimmy Butler
PF: Meyers Leonard
C: Bam Adebayo