Following back-to-back losses to 2 of the Eastern Conference’s worst groups recently, Kemba Walker used an easy prescription for what the Celtics required to do: Play much better.
They hope their 121-109 success over the irregular Atlanta Hawks on Friday night is a start.
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Walker scored a season-high 28 points to assist Boston take the second of back-to-back conferences in between the groups.
” It was a terrific win for us. I believed we played well,” Walker stated. “We moved the basketball. Defensively we remained in the ideal areas. … Ideally we can truly simply construct off this.”
Jayson Tatum included 25 points and 8 rebounds. Jaylen Brown and Tristan Thompson each completed with 17 indicate avenge the loss in the very first conference in between the groups on Wednesday.
The Celtics have actually won 2 of 3 considering that equating to a season-worst stretch in which they dropped 5 out of 7.
Trae Young led the Hawks with 31 points. Atlanta has actually lost 5 of 6.
Boston led by as lots of as 27 in the 3rd quarter prior to that margin was cut to 108-99 with 4: 50 left in the video game. The Celtics got 10 points the rest of the method from Daniel Theis to close it out.
Walker remained Wednesday’s loss as part of a continuous effort to handle the load on his left knee. He was signed up with on the sideline by Theis, who missed his 2nd straight video game with a sprained best forefinger.
Both were back in the beginning lineup for Friday’s rematch and made their existence felt early.
Theis obstructed John Collins’ dunk effort on Atlanta’s 2nd belongings. Later on, Walker got loose for a fast-break layup, soaked up a nasty and finished a three-point play.
It assisted set the tone for an active opening quarter in which Walker led all scorers with 8 points on his method to 20 in the very first half.
” Kemba’s been actually excellent,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens stated. “We have actually coped this stretch and there’s been a great deal of angst and a great deal of talk. In 3 of the 4 video games he’s played in we have actually won. And in all of them he’s played well.”
The Celtics increased their lead in the 2nd quarter, going 13 of 22 from the field and utilizing a 20 -5 go to take a 62-37 lead late in the half. Walker rattled 9 straight points throughout the run.
The Hawks, who got 40 points from Young and shot a season-high 57% in Wednesday’s win, had a hard time to stay up to date with Boston’s rate. Atlanta shot simply 14 for 43 (33%) in the opening 24 minutes, consisting of 3 of 15 from the 3-point line. It was just able to remain nearby going 10 for 10 from the free-throw line.
Associate head coach Nate McMillan stated he didn’t believe his group reacted well to Boston going to a lineup that utilized Theis and Robert Williams to safeguard the rim, making Atlanta play more on the boundary.
” They did basically what we did to them in the very first video game, attack the paint,” McMillan stated. “We never ever developed we might keep this group in front of us.”
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Hawks: Shot 10 of 30 from beyond the arc. … Coach Lloyd Pierce missed his 2nd straight video game. His better half brought to life their 2nd kid on Wednesday.
Celtics: Connected a season high, shooting 56% from the field (50 of 90). … Won regardless of devoting 19 turnovers. … Scored 23 points off 14 Atlanta turnovers.
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Walker is balancing 22.8 points on 49.2% shooting (17 of 31 from 3-point line), 4.5 rebounds, 3.8 helps, and 1.5 takes over his last 4 video games. Boston is 3-1 in those video games.
Hawks: Host Denver on Sunday.
Celtics: Open three-game journey at New Orleans on Sunday.