Celtics’ Jaylen Brown Enters NBA Record Books With 19 Minute Masterclass Against Cavs

Published 01/24/2021, 11:24 PM EST
Jan 15, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) attempts a basket against Orlando Magic forward James Ennis III (11) during the third quarter at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports


The Boston Celtics have been playing without their most important player, Jayson Tatum, for three weeks. In that stretch, they’ve gone 2-3 and have missed many other players too. But single-handedly keeping them in each game is their young star, Jaylen Brown.

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Tonight, he had another phenomenal display as he scored 33 points in just 19 minutes. With this, he set the record for scoring the most points in under 20 minutes in the shot clock era. He shot 13-20 from the field, including 3-4 from the three-point line.

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Right from the first quarter, Brown started aggressively. He had nine points in just eight minutes and helped the Celtics build a solid lead. Because of that lead, he played just one minute in the second quarter and still managed to score four points.

Brown completely exploded in the second half. He barely played 10 minutes but had 20 points against the helpless Cavs defense.

Celtics effort on both ends pays dividends

The Celtics were facing the red-hot Cavaliers tonight, who had just beat the Nets twice in a row. So they had to be wary about the threat. Instead, they chose to attack right from the start, and it paid off.

The Cavaliers were relying on Collin Sexton’s streak of 20 points in 14 consecutive games. But Marcus Smart suffocated him throughout the game and restricted him to just 3-8 from the field. This two-way effort from the team is what helped them blowout the Cavs by almost 40 points.

Jaylen Brown challenging for All-Star

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In the past few seasons, Brown has shown that he is an All-Star caliber player. But this season, he has shown that he doesn’t want to merely make the All-Star, but he is challenging for a starting spot too.

He is currently averaging 27.3 points while shooting 53% from the field, and 43% from three. Not only does he provide this incredibly efficient scoring to the team, but he also brings in his solid defense. Brown is one of the best wing defenders in the league, and he has proved that over the years.

Dec 23, 2020; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) attempts a basket in between Milwaukee Bucks guard Jrue Holiday (21) and forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) during the second half at the TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

If he can carry this form till the end of the season, not only is he a favorite for an All-Star berth but also the All-NBA teams. This breakout season from Brown will be crucial for the Celtics, especially when the playoffs begin.

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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