The Boston Celtics put out a solid performance against the Utah Jazz, but fell to a 137-130 loss and looked to bring that momentum to Portland against the Trail Blazers without Damian Lillard.
They did just that and more when they posted a 145-117 win at Moda Center, giving the Blazers just their third home loss of the season.
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Despite losing Al Horford (back) and Jaylen Brown (hamstring), Jayson Tatum and Dennis Schroder led the way with 31 points each as six players finished in double figures while moving to 1-1 in His tour.
The high-scoring issue set many benchmarks for the Celtics, as the Blazers continue to search for answers.
Let’s take a look at some of the big numbers behind the Celtics’ big win.
145: A Worse Franchise
The Blazers’ defense has been porous all season, but giving up 145 points tonight, that’s the most they’ve conceded in a regulation game at home in franchise history.
The Blazers gave up 145 points to the Celtics at home tonight.
With that, they drop to 30th in the defensive rankings this season.
– StatMuse (@statmuse) December 5, 2023
56.3: Celtics’ field goal percentage
The Celtics were red hot in Portland with seemingly all the shots coming in.
His 56.3 percent from field goals is his best field goal percentage of the season, while his 49 field goals scored is one less than his season high (50 against the Charlotte Hornets). They did it from the 3-point line tonight with their 21 of 37 (56.8 percent) deeply tying their season record since their opening night loss to the New York Knicks, although tonight they took 20 fewer attempts from over beyond the bow than in that game.
30: Blazers defensive rating
It’s official. The Portland Trail Blazers have the worst defense in the NBA in their first 24 games of the season.
The Blazers’ offense ranks in the top 5, but at the other end of the court, they just can’t stop anyone right now, giving up 111.7 points per game (25th) and are lighting up from the 3-point line. . , with teams shooting 38.9 percent from deep (30th), allowing 14.0 3s per night (29th) and only the rebuilding Thunder allowed more.
|Season||Defensive rating (range)||Offensive rating (range)|
|2017-18||105.7 (6th)||108.4 (14º)|
|2018-19||109.5 (16th)||113.7 (3rd)|
|2019-20||114.3 (27º)||113.2 (3rd)|
|2020-21||115.3 (29º)||117.1 (second)|
|2021-22 (24 games)||113.3 (30º)||110.7 (fifth)|
51: Celtics bench catches fire
While Tatum and Schroder did most of the damage, combining for 62 of the 145, the Celtics bench jumped into action, beating the Blazers reserves 51-37.
Payton Pritchard added insult to injury, lighting up the garbage time from the 3-point line by scoring 19 points, the season’s high, on 5 of 7 shots from beyond the arc, while Aaron Nesmith added 11 points and Enes Freedom nine points. and 15 rebounds in just 22 minutes.
PP PUTTING ON A SHOW 🔥 pic.twitter.com/qn9X1V7lhD
– Boston Celtics (@celtics) December 5, 2023
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