Celtics’ 6-0 record in one specific situation blemished by Game 2 loss
Judging by statistics from their previous outings this season, the Boston Celtics should have won Game 2 of their best-of-seven series against the Miami Heat on Thursday. The boys from Beantown, after all, have gone 6-0 in games were their three-headed monster of Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, and Kemba Walker each eclipsed 20 points in one single game.
The trio scored 65 of Boston’s 101 points in Game 2, but they still fell short in the end, 106-101, and now trail two games to none. Shortly after the tightly-contested match, Sportcenter’s Jorge Sedano noted that this was the first time the Celtics failed to notch a W when their three-best players all figured in great scoring nights.
Game 2 marked the first time the Celtics lost when Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum and Kemba Walker all scored 20 points in the same game. They were a perfect 6-0 when Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum and Kemba Walker all scored 20+ points in the same game.
— Jorge Sedano (@Sedano) September 18, 2020
Kemba Walker had 23 points, seven boards, and three assists in a losing effort for the C’s. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, meanwhile, each finished with 21 markers. It is worth noting that Brown could have scored more, but he didn’t even get to shoot the ball in the final five minutes of regulation.
The Celtics’ trifecta was simply overshadowed by the Heat’s own terrific backcourt tandem of Jimmy Butler and Goran Dragic. The pair of All-Stars delivered with clutch plays in the end game to seal another close win for Miami. Dragic had a game-best 25 points, while Butler added 14 points and played lockdown defense in the dying minutes.
The Heat’s other All-Star, Bam Adebayo, also came alive on both ends in the final two quarters, afte being a non-factor in the first half. He finished with a strong double-double of 21 points and 10 boards.
Meanwhile, the Celtics’ inability to win despite playing at their best just speaks volumes to the Heat’s incredible form in the 2020 playoffs. They are enjoying a historical run so far, losing just once in 11 playoff games.