The Boston Celtics entered Wednesday’s road matchup against the Atlanta Hawks with the most 3-pointers per game in the NBA.
The Celtics continued that trend by outscoring the Hawks 126-101 at State Farm Arena, knocking down 21-of-46 (45.7%) attempts from 3-point range — and converting six more threes than their average. to their eighth straight win.
Boston has plenty of shot makers, including two standouts in Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, but the star duo hasn’t caught fire from downtown. Together they went 4 for 16 from beyond. Instead, Boston’s bench, with Peyton Pritchard and Sam Houser combining for nine treys, showed just how deadly it is from deep.
But for Celtics interim head coach Joe Mazzulla, he sees another reason to choose opposing defenses with his team’s outside shooting, not just Boston’s individual shot-making, which leads to success from 3-point range.
“The shooting is elite,” Mazzulla told reporters, as seen on NBC Sports Boston’s postgame coverage. “I think it’s more important that we’re getting better shots. So, it’s shot-making, but it’s shot-making because our passing is effective, because our execution is effective, because we’re getting good looks. So, we have to fight to keep it that way. “
Houser continued his clean shooting streak in the win, notching his third game in the past week and a half in which he sank at least five triples.
Like Mazzulla, Houser, who hit 5-of-6 on his 3-point attempts in the win, finished with 15 points and went with an impressive plus-35 rating, credited Boston’s ability to space the floor and set each other up. An integral part of their gruesome shooting.