Celtics Destroy The Magic 128-98! Jaylen Brown Goes For 20, Thomas Scores 21.
Three quarters was plenty of time for Isaiah Thomas to extend his streak of scoring at least 20 points. Thomas made it 30 games in a row with 21 points, then got to watch the entire fourth quarter from the bench as the Boston Celtics routed the Orlando Magic 128-98 on Friday night.
"All we really care about is the win, but it was great to get our first blowout of the year and be able to rest in the fourth quarter," Thomas said. "The whole team played a great game tonight."
Rookie Jaylen Brown added a career-high 20 points, Jae Crowder scored 19 and Kelly Olynyk made all seven shots he attempted, finishing with 16 points.
It was the most points the Celtics have scored this season, five better than Boston's total in a 127-123 overtime loss to Portland on Jan. 21. The Celtics' previous high score in regulation came in a 128-122 loss to the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers on Nov. 3.
The Celtics closed the first quarter on a 15-0 run and continued pulling away from there to their widest margin this season.
"I thought our shooting and the way we shared the ball were really good," coach Brad Stevens said. "The shooting will come and go, but hopefully we can keep sharing the ball like that. That was good."
The Celtics finished the game with 39 assists, 11 coming from Marcus Smart and eight from Thomas. Boston also dominated inside, outscoring Orlando 54-34 in the paint and outrebounded the Magic 47-37.
"It's good to get one of those wins," Thomas said. "We haven't had one this season, so it was good for our confidence. We played the right way tonight and we took care of business."
Nikola Vucevic and Damjan Rudez finished with 14 points apiece to lead the Magic, who trailed by as much as 40 and lost their third straight and fell to 3-11 in January.
Celtics: Visit Milwaukee on Saturday, then are back at home for the next four.
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