The Boston Celtics have made no secret about being a team that will live by the 3-point shot.
And lately, life has been good . . . real good for the Green Team.
Monday’s 111-98 win at Dallas was Boston’s third straight victory, one that capped off their four-game road trip with a 3-1 record.
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In those three games, Boston shot 41.5 percent from 3-point range (39-for-94), which included a 16-for-34 performance from 3-point range against the Mavericks.
“Coach (Brad Stevens) always talks about taking the right 3’s; making 3’s and lay-ups,” Isaiah Thomas said after the game. “Guys are just finding each other and shooting with confidence. Hopefully, it lasts for a while.”
The way Boston has shot the ball from 3-point range doesn’t just rank among the top teams this season.
From 3-point range, this team has been on a historically impressive tear all season.
Boston is averaging 12.2 made 3’s per game, which if it stands would be a franchise record and rank fifth all-time in made 3’s per game in a single season.
“We’re playing the right way, especially late in games,” Jae Crowder told reporters after the win. “We’re getting very good at that; we have to keep it going.”
Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from Monday’s game.
Isaiah Thomas: You know you’re having a pretty special year when a 29-point performance is nothing to get excited about. And Thomas did it on an efficient 9-for-19 shooting from the field with eight assists and just one turnover.
Yogi Ferrell: Yogi-mania is running wild in Dallas and for good reason. Originally signed as a 10-day contract fill-in for a roster that was ravaged by injuries, he now has a two-year deal and on Monday once again delivered for the Mavericks as he led them with 20 points on 8-for-11 shooting. \
Marcus Smart: Having grown up in nearby Flower Mound, Texas, it was indeed a homecoming for Smart. He finished with 19 points on 6-for-11 shooting to go with three rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Harrison Barnes: He is indeed the future of Dallas Maverick basketball, but his play in the present is pretty good, too. Barnes had 19 points on 7-for-16 shooting with three rebounds, three assists.
Kelly Olynyk: He is looking more and more like that much-needed complimentary scorer Boston needs off the bench. He had 13 points on 6-for-10 shooting with a game-high tying seven rebounds.
Wes Matthews: One of the craftier scorers out there, Matthews had 18 points to go with seven rebounds and three assists.
Gerald Green: He came into the game under the weather, but you wouldn’t have known it by the way he lit up the Mavericks in the first half, which is when he scored 10 points on 4-for-8 shooting in just under 14 minutes.
Deron Williams: He made his lone shot attempt, which was about the only thing he did right. He was tossed after picking up a pair of technical fouls in the second quarter, finishing with two points committing two personal fouls and turning the ball over four times.