Celtics Wrap: Nets Prevail At TD Garden Despite Marcus Smart’s Best Effort

Boston falls to 10-9


November 24, 2021

It’s not easy to host the Brooklyn Nets, never mind shorthanded, and Boston’s win streak ended with a 123-104 loss on Wednesday night at home.

The Celtics fall to 10-9 on the season while the Nets improve to 13-5.

Here’s the full box score.

It was a tall task for the Celtics to finish off the four-game homestand strong with their erratic start and the way they’ve shot all season. And without Robert Williams and Josh Richardson, Jaylen Brown clearly laboring and the best team in the Eastern Conference in town, the defense we’ve seen flashes of didn’t come out hard enough.

Despite some life in the fourth quarter sparked by Jabari Parker, a 17-0 run and some late no-calls erupting the crowd at TD Garden, Brooklyn had this in the bag quite early and never looked back.

— Marcus Smart kept trying to spark anything from the Celtics to no avail. But he had 20 points, three rebounds, eight assists, two steals and a block in the loss — earning every bite of his Thanksgiving meal. He was excellent.

— James Harden flirted with a triple-double and led the Nets with 20 points, seven rebounds, 11 assists and two steals.

— Nets role players were fantastic, as well. Cam Thomas, Patty Mills and DeAndre’ Bembry all offered balanced performances on both sides to make sure the Celtics never had a chance. They combined for 45 points.

A $115 moneyline bet on the Nets would have paid out $100, per DraftKings Sportsbook, entering the game. Perhaps not great odds, but this was predictable and there was money to be made.

Boston gets a day off for Thanksgiving before heading to San Antonio on Friday. Tip off between the Celtics and Spurs is at 8:30 p.m. ET.

Thumbnail photo via David Butler II/USA TODAY Sports Images
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