Jaylen Brown dropped a career-high of 50 points in the Boston Celtics Sunday night 116-111 win against the Orlando Magic.
Brown also added 11 rebounds for his 25th career double-double. The sixth-year wing is the fourth player in franchise history to put up at least 50 points and 10 rebounds and joins Hall-of-Famers Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, and teammate Jayson Tatum as the only Celtics to put up the line. Brown is just the seventh Celtic player to record a 50-points in franchise history.
“I was just being aggressive, getting to the basket,” Brown said per the Boston Globe. “I didn’t feel like those guys could stay in front of me, so I was just going to keep getting to the basket, blowing by them on the first step, and I looked up, and I had 47, and I was like, ‘Damn.’”
Brown has been struggling with his shooting in the last 10 games, which could be attributed to him missing 15 games thus far. However, Brown busted out of his cold streak shooting 19-for-29 from the field, including 5-for-10 from the three-point line, 7-for-8 from the free-throw line.
At 18-19, the Celtics have been struggling with health all season, losing players for stretches at a time due to injury or teammates entering health and safety protocols and missing at least 10 days. Just as every other team in the NBA has had to, the Celtics will have to come up with a solution to their problems if they plan on contending for the Eastern Conference Finals.
The Boston Celtics look forward to protecting home-court against the San Antonio Spurs (14-21) on Wednesday night.