Another clutch performance from Isaiah Thomas helped the Boston Celtics improve to a 3-0 record against the Charlotte Hornets in a 108-98 win at TD garden.
The first quarter was filled with action as the Celtics lead the Hornets 34-30 going into the second. Boston jumped the gun right away and began the game with a 10-2 run, but Charlotte wasn’t fazed as they went shot for shot with the C’s. Kemba Walker was huge for the Hornets with 13 points in the quarter, while Jae Crowder led the Celtics with 6 points.
Both teams slowed down significantly in the second quarter as Boston held a small 59-53 lead going into halftime. Kemba Walker led Charlotte with 17 points, while Al Horford led Boston with 14 points at the break. The difference, however, was that Boston’s bench contributed much more as Kelly Olynyk contributed 9 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists while rookie Jaylen Brown added 7 points and 2 rebounds.
Charlotte kept the game close through the entire second half, but ultimately had no answer for Isaiah Thomas who finished the game with 35 points, despite not getting to the free-throw line. Kemba Walker was tremendous in this game but didn’t have enough help to stop the “King of the Fourth” as IT dropped 17 points in the final quarter and continued his MVP-caliber tear.
This was Isaiah Thomas’ 25th straight game with 20 or more points and he continues to add to his impressive resume by averaging by averaging the most 4th quarter points by any player since 1996. It seems like Brad Stevens has a new game plan every game for the little guy, and this time included Al Horford as well, who finished with 22 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists.
The Celtics bench continues to give huge contributions as they help Boston improve their home win streak to 7 games with this win. Boston will be back in action on Wednesday night when the New York Knicks come to town to try to end their recent struggles while the Celtics look to stay hot in their pursuit to be the best team in the conference.