LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLORIDA (AP) — Jaylen Brown scored 21 points, Robert Williams had a career-high 18 points in 19 minutes, and the Boston Celtics rolled past the Brooklyn Nets 149-115 yesterday without All-Star point guard Kemba Walker.
Williams was seven of seven from the field and four of four from the free throw line. He hadn’t played in Boston’s first three games of the restart, but didn’t let himself get discouraged.
“It’s really just the will to want to play,” said Williams, the 27th overall pick in the 2018 draft. “I want to bring the right energy. I think a lot of the young guys brought great energy. That is my job.”
Williams said he gained confidence when teammates encouraged him to keep shooting. Still, Williams said, he needs to work on his conditioning.
Celtics coach Brad Stevens said it probably wasn’t fair to play Williams as much as he did, but was impressed with what he saw.
Stevens said he didn’t tell Williams he was going to play “until he was walking on the bus”. That’s when he told the forward he would be checking into the game early on against the Nets.
Brown hit five three-pointers after averaging 23.3 points his previous three games in Orlando. He finished seven of 13 from the field.
Jayson Tatum added 19 points and Gordon Hayward scored 18 for the Celtics, who posted a season high in points and improved to 2-2 at Disney World.
Boston shot 20 of 39 from three-point range. They bolted to a fast start, scoring 71 points in the first half on eight-of-17 shooting from three-point range and never let up. They led by as many as 21 before the break while Walker rested his sore knee.
Jeremiah Martin scored 20 points and Joe Harris had 14 for the Nets.