Recap: Celtics are now tied for the best record in the league with 108 - 87 win over Hornets
Jayson Tatum scored 23 points for the Celtics tonight in their win over the Charlotte Hornets. Photo via @Celtics on Twitter
The Boston Celticsextended their win streak to 6 on Kemba Walker night with their 108-87win over the Charlotte Hornets. Gordon Hayward and Jayson Tatum shared the spotlight as the Celtics improved to 6-1, retaining the number one spot in the Eastern Conference and tying the Los Angles Lakers for the best record in the entire league.
The C's started off strong with a pretty well balanced first half, which ended 52-43 in favor of Boston. The ball movement was a key to their early success as it seemed like there was barely any isolation scoring. Gordon Hayward was the star of the first two quarters as he totaled 16 points on 7/10 shooting and snatched 7 rebounds and 4 assists. He ended up finishing the night with 20 points, lead the team with 10 rebounds and dished out 6 assists on 56% shooting.
Kemba Walker had somewhat of a rough start in his return to Charlotte as he scored just 3 points off of free throws, shooting 0 for 6 from the field. He did pick it up in the second half though, as he tends to do, scoring 14 points with 6 assists. Tonight was more of an emotional one for Walker though, as it was his first regular-season game back in Charlotte where he had played his entire career up until now. Before the game, the Hornets celebrated with a touching tribute video before tip-off.
Jaylen Brown looked comfortable in his return from his extended absence due to illness. He had 12 points and 5 rebounds on 56% shooting and got to the rim often. Some showed concern about Brown's return to the lineup at the same time as Hayward's impressive play, but if tonight was any example it looked like the two can coincide just fine.
Although he did not have a HUGE night in the box score, Marcus Smart had a more historic night for the Celtics as he moved up the 6th all-timein three-pointers made for the franchise.
And finally (although most of his minutes were in garbage time) Javonte Green made the most of his 12 minutes on the floor scoring 12 points on 5-9 shooting (56%). He also managed to get some big highlight-reel worthy plays out into the world as well.