The Sacramento Kings are now on track to end the season with the highest Offensive Rating in the National Basketball Association (NBA) annals. They are ahead of the club with the second-best point differential per 100 possessions (119.4) by more than a point.
Today, in a matchup between two top teams in the league, they competed against the Boston Celtics. The offensive capabilities of the Celtics are not to be underestimated. They now hold the fourth spot in the NBA with a points-per-possession average of 117.6.
In this game, Boston demonstrated that it could keep up with the firepower shown by Sacramento. The Celtics averaged 30 points scored each quarter in the first half of the game, and they trailed the Kings by just four points going into the halftime break. In the third quarter, they scored 40 points while displaying the entire range of their attacking capabilities. Throughout the third quarter, Jaylen Brown was in an offensive mindset. In the third quarter, the rest of the squad helped him by hitting booming triples, which allowed them to create an enormous advantage.
The Kings are in for a rude awakening since the Celtics are also the fourth-best club in the NBA regarding their Defensive Rating (112.2 points per 100 possessions). The Boston defense showed off its formidable capabilities throughout the second and fourth periods. They held Sacramento scoreless for those two periods, resulting in the Kings scoring a combined total of just 46 points throughout those two distinct periods. The Kings were only successful with 48.1% of their field goal attempts and 38.6% of their tries from beyond the arc.
The Celtics were led by Jason Tatum, who scored 36 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Brown contributed 27 points to the team’s total. Derrick White and Marcus Smart were the only Celtics to score in double digits, each contributing 17 points to the team total. After going through a tough stretch in their previous games, the Celtics got the win they needed, thanks to a complete team effort that earned them this victory.