Recap: El Blowout. Celtics top Kings 114-97 in Mexico City
This game had everything. Kelly Olynyk monster dunks, Rajon Rondo getting sent to the locker room for mean mugging an official, Mexican fans doing the wave, Demarcus Cousins and Jared Sullinger looking like they just scaled K2 after two trips up the floor, and the Celtics doing their best Warriors impression from deep. The Celtics assisted on 34 of their 40 made field goals, hit 14-33 from three point range, and were in control of this one from the get-go.
The Celtics were paced by Isaiah Thomas' 21 points and 9 assists and Kelly Olynyk's 21 points (3 of 5 from three), 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Thomas definitely won the battle of point guards playing against their former teams, as former Celtic Rajon Rondo only tallied 5 points and 8 assists before getting the boot in the third quarter. Rondo hit a three pointer a minute into the game and it looked like we might see "Mexico City Rondo" for the first time, but the Celtics quickly took over in the first and never really looked back.
Frequently speculated trade target Demarcus Cousins looked winded and was a non-factor in this one, 16 points on 4-17 shooting. The Kings allowed the Celtics to do basically whatever they wanted on the offensive end, allowing wide open threes all game and mysteriously evacuating the lane at times to allow the Celts to do things like this:
The Celtics did their thing on the defensive end, with 14 steals and 5 blocks. They once led by 26, and a three by Isaiah Thomas to put them up 39-19 pretty much sealed the game. The Kings never cut the lead to single digits after the first quarter.