The Boston Celtics finally won the first game of the season and they did it in front of their fans at the TD Garden.
The Celtics were strong, defending all over the court through the first three quarters of the game, but they struggled mightily in the final 12 minutes as they were badly outplayed and outscored. However, thanks to a huge lead built in the first half, the Celtics were able to top the Utah Jazz 97-87.
The Celtics were able to put heavy pressure on the ball against a shaky Jazz offense. Utah ended the game with 23 turnovers thanks to an impressive defensive performance from the Celtics, who showed a great ability to disrupt the passing lanes and aggressiveness at their own rim.
That being said, the win wasn’t easy. The Celtics entered the final quarter with a 22-point lead and ended winning by only 10 points. It’s clear that if they want to continue winning games, they need to tighten things up in the final quarter because if they lose the final period by a 12-point margin, it’s probable that they will end up losing a lot of close games.
Boston still has a lot of things to improve, chief among them being their fourth-quarter play. However, it’s easier to fix things up after a win. They definitively needed to get their first victory of the season, and there’s no better time to do it than in front of their fans.