The Boston Celtics wouldn't have beaten a shorthanded Los Angeles Lakers team at Staples Center on Thursday night without a historic performance from Jaylen Brown.
The 24-year-old guard scored 40 points on 17-for-20 shooting (3-for-5 from 3-point range). It was the third 40-point game of his career -- all have come this season.
Brown became the first player in Celtics history to accomplish the following scoring feat:
Brown wouldn't have reached the 40-point mark if the Celtics bench didn't surrender most of the team's huge lead and let the Lakers go on a 21-2 run in the fourth quarter.
The All-Star guard re-entered the game with the Celtics leading 115-107 at the 1:50 mark of the fourth quarter. Two baskets later, he had 40 points as the Celtics closed a 121-113 victory.
Brown is averaging a career-high 24.6 points per game this season, and the the immense improvement he's made offensively over the last few years was on full display Thursday night in Los Angeles.