Celtics routs Nets by 50 points to join exclusive NBA club

BOSTON — Payton Pritchard scored 28 points and the NBA-leading Boston Celtics routed the Brooklyn Nets 136-86 on Wednesday night to become just the third team in league history to post multiple 50-point wins in a season.

The victory also was Joe Mazzulla’s 100th as head coach.

Derrick White finished with 27 points, and Jayson Tatum added 20 points, 9 assists and 7 rebounds for the Celtics, who beat the Nets on back-to-back nights. It was the final game for both teams prior to the All-Star break.

Boston will enter the break with an NBA-best 43-12 record. The Celtics went 57-25 in Mazzulla’s first year as coach last season.

The Celtics beat the Indiana Pacers by 51 points on Nov. 1. Boston joined the 1992-93 Sacramento Kings and the 1978-79 Milwaukee Bucks as the only teams in NBA history with multiple wins by at least 50 points in a season.

It was the fifth 50-point win in team history.

Trendon Watford had 15 points for the Nets, who have lost five of their last six. They trailed by as many as 56 points in the fourth quarter.

The Celtics played without All-Star Jaylen Brown (bruised right shoulder) and Al Horford (sprained big toe), but they controlled the game throughout, quickly jumping out to a double-digit lead and building a 37-point lead in the second quarter.

It grew to 46 points in the third.

Boston’s starters sat the entire final period.

The Nets did see a player return from injury for the second straight night, this time getting back Cam Johnson following his four-game absence with a strained adductor muscle. He came off the bench, entering for the first time late in the first quarter. He played 18 minutes and finished with four points on 1-of-5 shooting.

Johnson’s presence wasn’t nearly enough to slow down a Boston team that shot more than 64% in the opening period and connected on 22-of-44 3-pointers for the game.

Boston’s 68-32 halftime lead was its largest since Jan. 13, 2010, when it had a 36-point edge over the New Jersey Nets. Brooklyn’s 34 points Wednesday marked a season-low in the first half.


Nets: At Raptors on Feb. 22.

Celtics: At Bulls on Feb 22.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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