Jared Sullinger was in beast mode against the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night, recording a stat line of 25 points, a career high 20 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals (video above by ThatHighlightChannel contains a few highlights).
Despite playing through an ongoing hand injury, Sully managed to notch the first 20 point/20 rebound game by a Celtic since Kevin Garnett's debut in Boston on November 2, 2007. He is also the first Celtic to have 25 points, 20 rebounds, and 4 assists in a game since Larry Bird on November 11, 1987. Needless to say, Sullinger has put his name among some of the Celtics' greatest with his performance.
Jared Sullinger is the first @celtics player to have 25+pts, 20+reb & 4+ast in a game since Larry Bird in 1987 (had 42/20/5)
— NBA.com/Stats (@nbastats) January 16, 2014
Teammate Avery Bradley was nearly speechless when asked to comment on Sullinger's tour de force:
Bradley on Sully: "I don't know what to say. I'd never seen anything like it."
— Jay King (@ByJayKing) January 16, 2014
During a post-game interview with Celtics.com's Emily Austen, Sullinger was a gentleman and credited his teammates for putting him in the right positions:
"It means a lot but my teammates put me in the right positions to get those rebounds. The way we moved the ball tonight, the way I was able to get inside the defender to the bucket, my team did everything for me."
When Emily asked about whether he felt something different going into the game against the Raptors and whether he wanted to dominate, Sullinger revealed that his motivation was to stop the Celtics' losing streak:
"You know what? Honestly the difference between this game and last game, we lost 8 straight last game.... (actually) I don't know what we lost, but I didn't want to make it ten. I just wanted to get out there and play hard and make sure we stopped that losing streak."
Sullinger's full interview is below, including his reaction to Rondo (hopefully) returning on Friday.
Danielle Hobeika 1/16/2014 01:02:00 AM Tweet