The Boston Celtics apparently didn’t have enough turnovers at Thanksgiving. The Celtics coughed up 19 of them in a sloppy 112-107 loss to the Brooklyn Nets. The loss dropped Boston to 13-5 overall and 6-5 on the road for the season.
The Celtics were led in scoring by Jayson Tatum who came up with 26 points. Tatum also grabbed eight rebounds and snagged four steals, but turned it over six times. Turnovers plagued Boston all game long, as they could establish an offensive rhythm.
Kemba Walker and Marcus Smart added 17 and 15 points respectively, but combined to shoot just 10-of-32 from the floor.
Brooklyn put the ball in Spencer Dinwiddie’s hands and he delivered with 32 points and 11 assists. Jarrett Allen was big inside with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Taurean Prince added 16 points, including a big three-pointer late in the fourth quarter when Boston had gotten back in the game.
After making 21 three-pointers in Wednesday’s loss in Boston, the Nets drilled 17 triples in Friday’s victory. That shooting opened up around the pick-and-roll game of Dinwiddie and Allen, which the Celtics struggled to defend all game.
Boston got down by double-digits at several points throughout the game, but the Celtics reserves carried a 39-26 scoring edge, led by Brad Wanamaker’s 11 points. In the end however, the turnovers were just too many to overcome.
Boston will next play on Sunday afternoon, as they stay in New York to face the Knicks for the third time already this season.