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Boston 149, Brooklyn 115
When: 9:00 PM ET, Wednesday, August 5, 2020
Where: The Arena, Kissimmee, Florida
Officials: #33 Sean Corbin, #40 Leon Wood, #16 David Guthrie
Attendance: 0

Jaylen Brown scored a game-high 21 points, and the Boston Celtics seized control in the first quarter and cruised to a 149-115 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night near Orlando.

The Celtics rested Kemba Walker and turned in perhaps their best defensive showing since the restart. They rebounded from a 112-106 loss to Miami on Tuesday, a game in which they never held a lead.

Brown made 7 of 13 shots and hit five 3-pointers as the Celtics shot 56.8 percent (50 of 88), hit 20 3-pointers and never led by fewer than 17 points in the second half.

Jayson Tatum added 14 of his 19 in the third quarter when Boston led by as many as 30 points. He shot 7 of 11 and also hit five 3-pointers.

Gordon Hayward fueled the beginning of Boston's surge and added 18 as the Celtics (45-23) moved two games ahead of Miami for third place in the East.

Robert Williams III contributed 18 on 7-of-7 shooting while Brad Wanamaker and Marcus Smart chipped in 13 and 12, respectively, as Boston set a season high for points.

Coming off a stunning three-point win over league-leading Milwaukee on Tuesday afternoon, the Nets (32-36) were outplayed for most of the game, getting outscored 126-91 in the final 38:14. Brooklyn was unable to clinch a playoff spot and remained a half-game ahead of eighth-seeded Orlando, which lost to Toronto earlier Wednesday.

Jeremiah Martin led Brooklyn with 20 points, 18 in the fourth quarter. The Nets shot 47.4 percent but misfired on 24 of 32 3-point tries.

Brooklyn's Joe Harris, Caris LeVert and Jarrett Allen returned from sitting out Tuesday's game due to minor injuries and rest but could not get into a rhythm.

Harris scored 14 points while LeVert added 13 nearly five months after scoring a career-high 51 points in Brooklyn's overtime win in Boston. Allen collected 11 and eight rebounds.

Despite Tatum picking up three fouls, the Celtics ended the first quarter on an 11-1 run over the final 2:14 and held a 34-25 lead. Boston scored the first nine points of the second and held a 43-25 on a jumper by Wanamaker with 10:16 left and by halftime the Celtics maintained a 71-52 edge.

The Celtics continued to dominate and took a 106-77 lead into the fourth.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
 
Brooklyn   Boston
Jeremiah Martin 20 Scoring Jaylen Brown 21
Jarrett Allen 4 Assists Marcus Smart 6
Jarrett Allen 8 Rebounds Gordon Hayward 7
Dzanan Musa 5 Free Throws Made Gordon Hayward 7
Joe Harris 2 Steals Marcus Smart 3
Caris LeVert 2 Blocks Robert Williams III 3
Team Stats Summary
 
Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Brooklyn 115 47.4 8-32 17-21 23 34 2 9 18
Boston 149 56.8 20-39 29-35 29 43 10 10 14
Upcoming Games
  • Boston will play their next game on the road against Toronto. The Celtics have a W/L % of .682 after a win and .625 after a loss.
  • Brooklyn will play their next game at home against Sacramento. The Nets have a W/L % of .452 after a win and .486 after a loss.