Marcus Smart put together the best 3-point shooting night in Celtics history on Saturday night, knocking down 11 3-pointers on 21 attempts to post a career-high 37 points. It wasn't close to enough for Boston victory.
The Celtics came stumbling out of the gates for the third straight game on Saturday night and couldn't dig themselves out of a hole yet again. With Jaylen Brown and Kemba Walker watching from the sidelines, the Celtics looked overmatched for the better part of 48 minutes en route to their third straight loss and sixth in their last eight overall. Boston trailed by as many as 16 points in the first quarter and fell behind again by double digits in the closing minutes before a frantic 10-0 in the final two minutes made things interesting late. However, a blown layup by Gordon Hayward (22 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists) in the final 30 seconds sealed the defeat.
Boston had no answer for Devin Booker (39 points) all night while Mikal Bridges added a career-high 26 points. The Suns shot 41.9 percent from 3-point range and 26-of-30 from the line, punishing the C's all night long for their mistakes and double teams of Booker.
The road gets no easier for Boston now with the Lakers coming to town on Monday night.
WHO: Celtics (27-13) vs. Suns (17-24) WHEN: 7:00 p.m. WHERE: TD Garden RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub TV: NBC Sports Boston
PG: Brad Wanamaker
SG: Marcus Smart
SF: Jaylen Brown
PF: Gordon Hayward
C: Daniel Theis