Jaylen Brown was feeling it tonight!
The All-Star guard put on a shooting clinic against the Orlando Magic to power the Boston Celtics to a much-needed 112-96 win, snapping their three-game losing streak.
Brown poured in a career-high 10 3-pointers on 18 attempts, shooting 12-of-24 from the field to finish with a game-high 34 points to go with four rebounds and three assists.
We don't call him 🔥 for nothing. Today's @Gatorade Player of the Game is JB. pic.twitter.com/3tFwaFZ30T- Boston Celtics (@celtics) March 21, 2021
It was a strong shooting performance from the Celtics all over as they knocked down 23-of-40 from deep on the night, marking just the sixth time in franchise history they've hit 20+ triples in a single game.
Boston outscored Orlando by 23 points while Brown was on the court, with his tally of 10 threes falling just one shy of the franchise record of 11 held by Marcus Smart.
"If he would have told me that, I would have shot two or three more," Brown said post-game. "I had lost count at a certain point. I wish somebody did tell me that. I would have fired up at least five or six more to make sure I beat Marcus."
While their shooting was on point, after three-straight losses, the Celtics will take plenty of confidence from their defensive effort, with today's game the first time they've held an opponent to fewer than 100 points since Feb. 16.
They put the clamps on the Magic in the second quarter, holding them to just 17 points on 33 percent shooting, including a four-minute stretch where they held them scoreless midway through the period.
They extended their lead to as many as 23 points in the third quarter, before the Magic made a late run in the fourth. Evan Fournier had a chance to cut the lead to five, but missed a 3-point attempt. Daniel Theis then knocked down a mid-range jumper and after a pair of free throws from Jayson Tatum, Brown drilled another triple to give the Celtics some breathing room and push the lead back out to 13.
8↘️↗️27 pic.twitter.com/EkHtIa59gw- Boston Celtics (@celtics) March 21, 2021
"We've been in a little bit of a funk," Brown added. "To come in here early, early game, a little bit different from our routine, and to come in and get a nice comfortable win, it's just good for our spirits. So we know that we've underperformed.
"We've kind of had that extra pressure on us from everybody, all the outside forces. So I just told our guys to focus on us and forget about what the media's saying, forget about what the fans are saying, and just come out and just play some good basketball, let's see where the chips fall. Hopefully, we can do that a lot more - a lot more - for the rest of the season."
All five Celtics starters scored in double figures in the win, with Jayson Tatum recording 23 points, Kemba Walker 14, Marcus Smart 13 points and eight assists and Daniel Theis 13 points and 11 rebounds.
Nikola Vucevic led the Magic with 22 points and 11 rebounds as they slumped to their 10th loss from their past 11 games.
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