Boston must not have appreciated that Chicago prematurely end its nine-game winning streak on Monday. To catch up, the Celtics delivered a successful collective performance from start to finish against a Luka Doncic yet in great shape (42 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists) on Wednesday. Another proof, if we needed it, that basketball is a team sport, and that a player, even the most efficient and regular, can do nothing when he is isolated (or almost) in his franchise , against such complementarity in the opposite team.
Last year’s NBA finalists overpowered Dallas (125-112) at TD Garden. Before the match, Luka Doncic rented from his opponent of the day what he considered to be the “best duo in the league”, references of course to Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum. There was something prescient about the Slovenian point guard, as between them they scored 68 team points.
An association that works well, and which allowed Boston to quickly take off, to return to the locker room with a comfortable lead of 21 points at the break. They even scored 27 more points in the third four-stroke, before leaving a big highlight for the “Mavs”.
Fortunately for the suspense, and the fans who were waiting for a promising poster, Doncic was then accompanied by a great evening from Christian Wood (26 points, 12 rebounds), who helped Dallas come back to 9 points from his opponent three minutes from the end. Then Tatum (37 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists on his own) did everything, proving once again that he had his chances in the race for the title MVP (most valuable player) of the regular season.
With this success, Boston has therefore started its series of six straight home games very well, piling up a 14th victory of the season (highest total in the league), and given their performance, we can expect the Celtics to continue. to advance comfortably in the lead to the East.