On Super Bowl Sunday, the Celtics flexed their depth against the Thunder in a 134-129 shootout at TD Garden. Boston shot a blistering 59.3% from the field with 36 assists on 54 made field goals against one of the league’s best defenses.
This was a game arguably won by the bench who outscored their opponents 39-28.After Aron Baynes was ruled out until after the All Star break with a foot contusion, Daniel Theis filled in for the big man with a big game. He finished with 14 points with two threes. Jaylen Brown continued his second half resurgence with 12 points and Rozier chipped in with 10.
But in the end, it was Kyrie Irving coming up clutch. Embroiled in unnecessary drama about his impending free agency, Irving finished with 30 points and 11 assists, including six late in the 4th quarter, and it was ultimately his steal and strip of Russell Westbrook that iced the game. Paul George lead all scorers with 37 points and Westbrook notched another triple double with a robust 22 points, 12 rebounds, and 16 assists, but it wasn’t enough against Boston’s balanced attack with eight Celtics finishing with double digit points.
Boston sweeps the season series 2-0 after winning in Oklahoma City back in late October. The Celtics will have a chance to catch the Patriots-Rams before heading to Cleveland for a Tuesday game at the Q. With the win, they are now in sole possession of 3rd place in the Eastern Conference.
BRAD STEVENS POST-GAME: