The Celtics continued their recent streak of hot play on Wednesday when they took on the Charlotte Hornets by rolling to a 126-94 victory at the TD Garden.
The Celtics have one of the best home records in the entire Eastern Conference at 21-6, and they showed exactly why they can be such a force in front of their own fans.
For the second-straight game, the Cs had at least six players score in double digits. This is what peak Celtics performances look like. Four of the starting-five scored at least 14, with Gordon Hayward and Jaylen Brown scoring 12 and 24 respectively off the bench. When the Celtics shoot like they did last night, they are nearly impossible to beat.
To close the month of January, the Celtics won seven of their last eight games, with the only loss being a narrow four-point defeat against the Golden State Warriors. Overall in January, Boston held a record of 11-4 as they have seemingly found their rhythm.
Although Boston was without their All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving on Wednesday night, they were dominant in almost every quarter, taking the edge over the Hornets 35-28 at the end of the first. Point guard Terry Rozier led the pack once again and pulled out another win. Rozier has been playing great basketball over the last three weeks and has earned every second of playing time. Rozier recorded his first double-double of the season against Charlotte with 17 points and 10 assists.
“You know exactly what you’re getting,” coach Brad Stevens said about Rozier’s play. “I think his spark over the last three or four weeks has been really, really impactful.”
While the starters set the tone for the night, the bench came in and didn’t let up, led by G-Time and Jaylen Brown. The bench unit outscored Charlotte’s reserves 57-42 in the game, yet another example of the depth of the Celtics this season.
Gordon’s play on the court contributed to the outcome in a variety of ways as evidenced by his plus-31 rating in the game, which was the highest of the night on either team.
With six player scoring double digits, defending the Celtics is one of the toughest tasks an NBA team will face all season simply because anybody can score.
The Celtics are still fifth in the East, but within a single game of third place. The tides in the Eastern Conference could shift in the coming week as the unofficial first half of the season winds to a close for the All-Star break in mid-February.
The Cs will head to Madison Square Garden to face the New York Knicks. The game is set for 7:30 p.m. ET.