How do you turn a two-game winning streak into a three-game winning streak? Well, it helps if you go on a 15-0 run in the fourth quarter.
That’s exactly what the Celtics did Friday night against the Sacramento Kings. Boston led by just one point after Jimmer Fredette put home a jumper with 10:50 remaining in the game. Less than four minutes later, the Celtics’ lead had ballooned to 16 points.
Gerald Wallace got the run going with a driving layup at the 10:37 mark of the fourth. Jerryd Bayless canned two 3-pointers during the run that sandwiched a dunk by Jared Sullinger. And speaking of Sullinger, he absolutely took over after that.
Boston’s second-year big man scored the final five points of the run and also hauled in his fourth offensive rebound of the game. All five of those points and that board came in a span of just 23 seconds. That’s less time than a full shot clock!
Sullinger’s quick spurt, coupled with the performances of his teammates, gave the Celtics a lead they would never relinquish. Their lead remained in double-digits for the remainder of the game as they logged a 99-89 victory.
Key Box Score Line
No one was more key on Friday night than Jared Sullinger. He had a career night while leading the Celtics to their third straight victory.
Sullinger finished the contest with a career-high 31 points to go with an impressive 16 rebounds. Fourteen of those points and five of those rebounds were tallied in the fourth quarter alone. Sullinger shot an efficient 14-of-24 from the floor on the night and drilled both of his attempts from the free-throw line.
How much better were the Celtics with him on the floor? Try 17 points better than the Kings during his 33-plus minutes of action. Sullinger was an absolute star, one that Sacramento had no answers for.
Box Score Nuggets
- Sacramento scored just six points off of Boston's 14 turnovers.
- Jared Sullinger and DeMarcus Cousins each logged 31 points and 16 rebounds.
- Both teams led by double-digits at some point during the game.
- Jerryd Bayless shot 7-of-9 en route to 19 points off the bench.
- Each team had five players log at least one blocked shot.
- Boston scored 28 points in both the second and fourth quarters.
- Gerald Wallace dished out a game-high nine assists to go with eight points and 12 rebounds.
- Isaiah Thomas shot a brutal 9-of-23 from the field en route to 24 points.
- Sacramento shot just 25.6 percent from the field.
- There were 10 ties and 13 lead changes in the game.
Quote of the Night
He can get better. Thirty-one (points) and 16 (rebounds) is great... The sky's the limit. I really believe he can be a consistent double-double guy. Brad Stevens on Jared Sullinger's ceilingMore quotes >>