Jaylen Brown has only one direction this season.
To the top.
Brown, the No. 3 pick in the 2016 Boston Celtics Draft, continues to dazzle with his steady improvement that made him one of the NBA’s best players in his fifth season. Brown set a new career points record already this year by scoring 42 points against Memphis and he tied that tally again on Friday in a loss to the Philadelphia 76ers.
While Brown’s incredible growth offensively earned him personal achievements, on Sunday it helped him capture a piece of NBA history.
In a resounding 141-103 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers, the 24-year-old Brown was on the ground for just 19 minutes but scored 33 points, the most for any player in the shot clock era. playing less than 20 minutes.
“I’m just grateful to have been placed in positions to have responsibilities,” said Brown, who finished 13 of 20 in the field. “I can’t wait to take on the challenge. I’m thankful he’s finally got here, but I’m just trying to do my best with what I have.
Serious trouble ended up helping Brown in this one opportunity to break into the NBA record books. Brown had three faults in the first half and played just over a minute of the second quarter.
But Brown exploded for 20 points in the third quarter, slicing up the Cleveland defense to ensure he and the rest of the Boston starters could rest for the entire final phase. For Brown, it was the fifth time this season he has recorded at least 30 points in a game and his offensive production has been especially needed lately with Jayson Tatum out of the roster due to health and safety protocols. .
Jaylen just scored the most points (33) for a player who played less than 20 minutes in the game in NBA history.
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– Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) 25 January 2021
“He’s got a good pace scoring,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. “He’s been doing great physical training, obviously some open throws and some very tough shots dotted around. He is constantly working to improve himself. He does not play passive. His talent, improvement and aggressiveness are a good combination.
Brown has shown his progress offensively by scoring in a myriad of ways against the Cavs. He no longer relies solely on his pure athleticism to create scoring opportunities like he did when he entered the league.
Instead, with the ball in his hands longer this season, Brown is in total control, choosing exactly where he wants to go on the floor to get his shot.
Its historic outing consisted of a small handful of mid-range riders, including a gentle twist in the paint to start its night. So big is Brown’s vast improvement with his mid-range shot that it has become almost automatic for him at this point.
Brown’s performance also included a 3-for-4 throw from beyond the arc and not just hitting open catch and shot triples, either. As the Cleveland defense braced for Brown to head for the hoop – he did so several times with incredible body strength and control that dramatically increased his finishing ability – he showed he can drain 3-point tie rods with relative ease.
“The way he scores,” Marcus Smart said of the evolution of Brown’s offensive play. “His patience, his cool when he has the ball. His rookie year, the second year Jaylen Brown just bowed his head and left. Now he understands where he is going. He worked hard. I have to give him credit and it shows. That’s why he’s one of the best young players in this game.
But Brown isn’t ready to gloat or celebrate the fact that he’s now in the top echelon of NBA players. Brown keeps his laser focus on what lies ahead because that’s what has allowed him to become the player who blossoms into a true star this season.
“Obviously, extremely grateful to be in this position, but I can’t wait for the next one,” Brown said.