Celtics limit T'Wolves in win

Annette Crawford
January 13, 2018

With Horford on the sideline having his sore left knee massaged, Aron Baynes gave the Celtics a little traction with back-to-back hoops, also triggering an 11-3 run by the Celtics for a 77-68 lead when Rozier capped a three-shot possession with a 3-pointer. It's hard but you've just got to put in the work and it will pay off.

Marcus Smart scored 16 of his 18 points during the second half, while Kyrie Irving finished with 16 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. Rozier, who scored a team-high 20 points off the bench in Boston's win over Cleveland on Wednesday, has paired with Smart to really impact Boston's previously inconsistent second unit.

How is Minnesota Timberwolves big man Karl-Anthony Towns going to enjoy his Friday night downtown when he has two black eyes?

Tatum scored half of his 14 points in the fourth quarter to help Boston win its sixth straight and beat the Nets for the eighth consecutive meeting.

But Brooklyn continued to make just enough plays to play from ahead as the half ended with the Nets on top 41-39.

By the time Horford checked back in with 4:37 left, Minnesota's Jamal Crawford had cut the Celtics' lead to nine points with a free throw. He's the NBA's top qualified three-point shooter, knocking down 46.8 percent of his looks from three-point range. "When I get in the game I just try to create a lot of chaos and get us to running the floor".

The Celtics led 66-62 going into the third quarter before opening up a double-digit lead at 81-71 after a pair of Irving free throws with 6:59 remaining and kept their distance after that. The lead changed 14 times before the Celtics went up for good in the final period.

"Sometimes when we're struggling, I think the ball is going to find energy". When they play like that, and Terry Rozier and Marcus Smart are shooting the way they have lately, this team looks borderline unstoppable. He's playing at a good level. We need him to continue to do so.

"Obviously, he's a really important part of our team".

The Celtics and Timberwolves both hovered under 40 percent shooting for most of the night before Boston pulled away in the fourth quarter to capture a 91-84 victory over Minnesota at TD Garden.

Brad Stevens has always done a great job of improving his team as the season goes on.

Timberwolves: Hadn't lost back-to-back games since November 19 against Detroit and the following night at Charlotte.

The much-needed easing up of the Boston Celtics schedule is officially upon us following Saturday's 87-85 win against Brooklyn.

Going 9-of-16 from the floor and a ideal 6-for-6 from the free throw line, Towns posted 25 points, pulled down a ridiculous 23 rebounds and also had two blocks on the defensive end in a dominant individual performance against the Boston Celtics. Even during that 16 game winning streak, the Celtics had a lot of ugly wins and insane comebacks.

Timberwolves: Host the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday night.

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