Celtics Wrap: Boston Races Past Shorthanded Heat For Second Straight

Boston now has won four of its last five games


January 31, 2022

The Boston Celtics took care of business Monday night against a shorthanded Miami Heat group and earned a convincing 122-92 victory at TD Garden.

Boston, which now has won four of its last five, improved to 27-25 with the victory while Miami fell to 32-19.

You can check out the full box score here.

Much of what has went well for the Celtics during their recent stretch also played a role in Monday’s win, but perhaps most impressively was the balance on the offensive end. Sure, Jaylen Brown (29) and Jayson Tatum (20) led the way, but the Celtics had four of their five starters score double figures with six total players scoring double figures.

Additionally, it was extremely impressive how the starting group — Marcus Smart, Brown, Tatum, Al Horford, Robert Williams — played together. The ball movement was nice to watch and the defensive effort was clear. All five players recorded a plus-minus rating ranging from +24 to +30.

— Jaylen Brown scored a team-high 29 points on 11-for-19 from the field. Brown added four rebounds, two assists and two steals to go along with it.

— Jayson Tatum recorded a double-double of 20 points and 12 rebounds with five assists to go along with it. Tatum, like Brown, did so on an efficient night from the field (7-for-15).

— Marcus Smart continued his string of good play, too. The Celtics point guard has a team-high seven assists to go along with 16 points on 6-for-9 from the field including 4-for-7 from long range.

Tatum did not exceed his point prop of 26.5 points, but did secure a double-double, which had 3-to-1 odds on DraftKings Sportsbook. A $100 bet on Tatum to record a double-double would have paid out $400.

The Celtics return to TD Garden on Wednesday as they get set to host the Charlotte Hornets with tip off scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.

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