In case you weren't aware, Phoenix is fully committed to losing games as the team sits its best players to get the best odds at a high draft pick. The lone exception to the bench brigade is Devin Booker, the 20-year-old phenom averaging over 20 points per game.
As expected, Boston didn't have much trouble with the Suns, leading 29-16 after the first quarter, 66-43 at the half and 97-80 after the third quarter. Phoenix tried to make a run in the fourth, but the Celtics were able to hold off the Suns, winning 130-118. That's despite Booker's 70 points, easily the most Boston has given up to a player all season and an historic scoring output for a player so young. Booker won over the Boston fans as they cheered on his late scoring push and even booed when the refs took points away from him after he made a bucket but a foul occurred beforehand.
For the Celtics, Isaiah Thomas had 34 points and seven assists, Al Horford had 15 points and 10 rebounds to go with six assists and Jae Crowder had 13 points and 10 rebounds. Rookie Jaylen Brown had nine points and seven rebounds as he got the start with Avery Bradley out due to illness.
For the Suns, Booker also had eight rebounds and six assists, Alan Williams had nine points and 14 rebounds and Alex Len had 11 points and and six rebounds.
Unfortunately, Cleveland was able to stave off the Hornets so the No. 1 seed is still a game away from Boston. The Celtics next face the Heat at home Sunday.
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