Mirza Teletovic gave the Brooklyn Nets some hope just in time for the Boston Celtics to wipe it all away.
Teletovic’s 3-pointer with two minutes remaining in regulation brought the Nets to within one point, at 93-92. Boston, however, was fully capable of handling the pressure of a close game and executed perfectly down the stretch.
Avery Bradley answered right back on Boston’s next possession. The speedy guard blazed to the basket and was fouled by Teletovic, sending him to the line for two free throws. Bradley hit both to make it a 95-92 game.
The Celtics then forced Chris Johnson to miss a 3-pointer and followed that up with a swished 17-foot jumper from Brandon Bass. After forcing one more miss out of the Nets, Kelly Olynyk schooled his defender near the left elbow en route to an uncontested left-handed layup.
That 6-0 run gave Boston a 99-92 lead with just 60 seconds remaining on the clock. Brooklyn’s attempt to stage a comeback down the stretch with fouls was in vain. The Celtics held on for the 101-97 victory, giving them a sweet taste of victory as they head into the regular season.
Key Box Score Line
Is Vitor Faverani serious? Who cares if this was a preseason contest - Faverani was outstanding in his first career start.
The 6-foot-11 center out of Brazil was a dominant force at both ends of the court Wednesday night against Brooklyn. He made six of his nine shots, including one 3-pointer, en route to a preseason-high 15 points. Faverani also reeled in seven boards during 24 minutes of action.
But those weren’t the numbers that garnered the most attention. No, it was his six blocks that has Celtics fans screaming at the top of their lungs. To put that into context, the Celtics’ previous high for individual blocks was two. Boston as a team hadn’t blocked more than seven shots in any of their previous seven games. Faverani blocked six all by himself on Wednesday.
The Celtics must be excited about what their only true center showcased tonight. Faverani displayed great hands, quick reactions, and a penchant for being efficient at both ends of the floor.
Box Score Nuggets
- Vitor Faverani blocked a game-high six shots. The Celtics' previous team high for blocks in the preseason was seven.
- Five Celtics scored in double-figures.
- Brandon Bass and Avery Bradley tied for the game high in scoring with 16 points apiece.
- Boston outrebounded Brooklyn 44-34.
- The Nets scored just 30 points in the paint.
- Bass and Mason Plumlee tied for the game high in rebounds with nine apiece.
- Gerald Wallace tied for the game high in assists with five.
- Brooklyn totaled just 14 assists.
- Boston's starting center, Faverani, and power forward, Kelly Olynyk, each hit 3-pointers.
- Faverani was the only player to block more than one shot in the game.
- Each team had only four players finish with a negative plus/minus, and nine players with a zero or positive plus/minus.
Quote of the Night
I think that’s who we are. I think that’s who we have to be. Brad Stevens on his team's balanced scoring attack