The Boston Celtics competed tonight with a fully healthy starting lineup as Avery Bradley returned to action against the Charlotte Hornets. The Hornets have been sliding of late, now below . 500 on the season, and have especially struggled on the road. (The game was played in Boston at the TD Garden. ) Horford, Crowder, Thomas and Olynyk all scored in double figures for Boston. The Celtics beat the Hornets 108 to 98 in an entertaining game.
Isaiah Thomas King In The Fourth Once Again
BOSTON CELTICS – 35 POINTS, 0 FREE THROWSLarry Bird, December 8, 1984
Isaiah Thomas, January 16, 2017
(Help from @bball_ref on this)
– Sean Grande (@SeanGrandePBP) January 17, 2017
Isaiah is usually a master at generating points from the free throw line. Tonight, he didn’t even need any help from the referees to generate 35 points. Thomas was incredible in the final frame, as well as throughout the game. The Hornets attempted to force Thomas off the ball with their defense. While they were largely successful, Brad Stevens was more than comfortable running the offense through Smart, Horford, Crowder and Olynyk and letting them either score themselves, or get the ball back to Thomas for a spot up jumper.
All of Horford, Crowder, Olynyk and Smart finished with at least 3 assists. (Olynyk, Smart and Horford actually had 4. ) While Smart only scored 2 points, the rest also scored in double figures.
Allen Iverson’s career highs:46. 1% FG (’97-98)
36% 3 PT (’09-10)
83. 5% FT (’04-05)
Isaiah this year
45. 9% FG
38. 3% 3 PT
90. 7% FT
– Michael Dyer (@Mike_Dyer13) January 17, 2017
Throughout most of this game the defenses struggled. The intensity would occasionally pick up, however even when it did it was in-effective.
The Celtics ended up shooting over 50% for the game, while the Hornets shot over 44% and generated 14 points from the free throw line. The Celtics 3 point shooting ended up being the difference tonight, as the Celtics shot 38% from behind the arc to the Hornets 32%, and made 7 more three-point shots.
7th Straight At Home
The Celtics have now completed one half of the 2016-2017 NBA season. They also won their 7th straight home game tonight, and their next game is also at home. The Celtics will play the Knicks in Boston at 7:30 PM on Wednesday.