Boston Celtics Prosper From Avery Bradley's Heroic Effort

By John Raffel
Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Avery Bradley still has plenty of talent in that body of his.

Bradley played a key role for the Boston Celtics Monday night in a grueling 110-107 NBA victory on the road over the Utah Jazz.

It was an excellent game for the Celtics in many respects. It showed they still have that Celtic resilency to pick up a road win against a tough opponent under tough circumstances. It was Boston’s fifth road game in seven nights and it was easy to tell how much physical energy was lacking at the start of the game.

It seemed like Bradley was able to carry his team until the others got their energy back.

He was averaging only 8.9 points an entire game.

But like Bradley knew, he had to come to the rescue by surpassing his average of points per game in the first quarter, hitting five of his six attempts. Bradley got the Celtics off to a great start while the rest of the team was getting their legs under them. Bradley, who came into Monday’s game averaging 8.9 points per game, had 10 points on 5-for-6 shooting in the first quarter.

He also played sharp defensively.

For the game, Bradley was 8-of-12 from the floor and 2-of-3 in three-point tries and wound up with 18 points, four assists and two steals.

Bradley stepped up in a major way. His career points per game average is 6.4 and his shooting percentage for this season was 41.5 percent from the floor and 29.6 percent from the 3-point area.

He was a different player on Monday and that’s why Boston won.

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