Rapid Recap: Kemba’s big night leads Celtics over Suns, 99-86

NBA: Phoenix Suns at Boston Celtics

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It’s been an up-and-down season for Kemba Walker, but tonight was definitely a peak, as he led the Celtics to a 99-86 win over the Phoenix Suns. The veteran point guard scored 32 points on 11 of 17 shooting (5 of 11 threes) and almost single-handedly fouled out the Suns’ Devin Booker with his knack for taking charges.

The Celtics led by as many as 21 points, despite committing 20 turnovers. Jayson Tatum again shot poorly (3 of 17) but did make a three in the final moments to close it out. Tatum finished with 15 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. The Celtics’ bench outscored the Suns’ bench, 30-16.

The Suns are the league’s best road team by far, but may have felt the effects of being on a back-to-back. Phoenix committed 17 turnovers and were terrible from the arc (6 of 35). The visitors were led by Chris Paul (who defies time and age) with 22 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists in 38 minutes.

As usual, personnel was unsettled.

Defense looked great early.


Second quarter.

Third quarter.

Fourth quarter.

Box score

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