As the first quarter began the Celtics came out firing on all cylinders. In the second quarter they carried over their momentum and set the tone for the game by outscoring the Nets 35-18. Then going into the fourth quarter they had already scored 100 points. The Celtics flat out dominated their opponent and the buzz grew some more.
It seemed everyone was getting in on the action throughout the game for the Celtics. They encouraged ball movement all night long which led to eight players scoring in double digits. Rajon Rondo set the tone for the team with 13 points, 12 assists, and 7 rebounds. Kelly Olynyk also helped lead the way with 19 points and 6 rebounds. He showed off his ability to shred through a defense with a beautiful euro-step move capped off with a finger roll finish at the rim. Watch his highlights below.
Rookie Marcus Smart also had a great night, with 10 points and 4 steals. His defense was stellar all night long and caused much chaos along with Avery Bradley and Rajon Rondo. Smart came off of the bench with the other new Celtic, Evan Turner. Turner brought the ball up a lot for the Celts and picked the Nets defense apart with crisp passes and lightening quick moves. He ended the night with 10 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists.
As the night moved on all of the Celtics fed into a great energy being formed. As the game was closing energy kept growing in the arena. At one time Rajon Rondo scored 9 points straight and the crowd went wild. After the Celtics convincingly beat the Nets their was a certain atmosphere in the Garden that felt like old times, like in the Big 3 era. Only it's a new era. It is now time for the underrated Boston Celtics to keep playing a team oriented style and shock many across the NBA.