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Must C’s: Jaylen Brown outscores Hornets in first quarter

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The Celtics All-Star outscored the Hornets 20-19.

Charlotte Hornets v Boston Celtics Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images

A day after saying that the team needed to play with urgency and that “we need that fire, we need that fight,” Jaylen Brown all but lit it all by himself. Brown played all 12 minutes of the first quarter and used every single second to his advantage, scoring 20 points and single handedly outscoring the Hornets 20 to 19.

Brown was everywhere, but he did most of his damage with his shooting, making 8 out of 11 shots, including 4 for 5 from behind the arc. He also grabbed five rebounds and dished out two assists.

On Tuesday night, Brown said, “We gotta stop getting hit in the face and then trying to respond. We gotta punch first as a unit. Everybody has to be engaged on that. I still believe that, in ten games, it’s enough time to find it, to get things going. We’ve just go to be committed to it. We’ve got some guys out. We’ve got some guys injured. It hasn’t been the easiest season, but I believe in this organization, the guys in this locker room, and I think we can find that fight. We just gotta do it. I know people are tired of hearing it, but until we show up every single night, it’s going to be tough. We can’t wait until the playoffs. Now, it’s time. We gotta be better, man.”

I’d say the Celtics punched first tonight with Brown delivering a couple of haymakers. Unfortunately, Charlotte chipped into Boston’s 20-point lead and the Celtics lead at halftime 58-47.