The Australian used his massive frame and dropped his shoulder into the chest of Morris, sending him to the floor in dramatic fashion. Both players scored in the interior, and both players scored on the perimeter.
"I know that it's hard to coach a guy that you don't know when to take me out or when to play me".
A 37-22 advantage in the third quarter helped Boston go up six heading into the final frame. Jayson Tatum scored 16 points, most of which came in the third and fourth quarter of the game.
"We have enough talent here to get over that hump and make a lot of good things happen", Love said. Instead, Brown's energy jolted the Celtics out of their early funk. The 21-year-old Australian is averaging 16.9 points, 7.5 assists and 8.4 rebounds - if he maintains those numbers for the remainder of the season, he will statistically be the best rookie since the legendary Oscar Robertson in 1960-1961. Griffin added an 18-point, 12-rebound double-double. The center endured similar difficulties this time around - he was six-of-17 for 15 points at the O2 Arena. Tickets sold out in under an hour and were going for multiple times their face value from online re-sellers, with a multitude of soccer stars and other celebrities sitting court-side. They now average a combined 28.1 points per game, and both players are shooting at least 46.5 percent from the field and 39.1 percent from 3-point range.
While most of the NBA world has fallen in love with 76ers rookie Ben Simmons, Celtics forward Marcus Morris doesn't sound like a big fan.
"He'll be fine", Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said.
"We have to be dialled in at every moment".
However, with Tatum there are fewer glaring deficiencies in his game. Lowry participated in shootaround Thursday morning but is still too sore to play.
Boston holds their spot at number one in the east, while Philadelphia gets ready for Toronto.
As the Celtics built their lead to as many as 19 points in the fourth quarter, Irving heard some chants of "M-V-P".
Boston leads the Eastern Conference at 34-10. The people spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday night because the deal is pending a physical and no announcement had been made.
RAPTORS: Outscored Cleveland 76-48 in bench points.
Not only are the Celtics getting better, they also seem to be getting younger.
"I got the opportunity to spend some time with my family before the game", said Saric, who finished with 14 points and four rebounds.
CAVALIERS: Thomas is expected to rest when Cleveland concludes a back-to-back by visiting Indiana tonight.
"The Celtics aren't just an anomaly this season, though; as a team this young and competitive, they're a historical aberration as well".
RAPTORS: Host Golden State on Saturday.
Arsenal target Julian Draxler made the quick trip from Paris to catch the game between the Atlantic Division rivals. Totals 43-89 15-19 114.
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