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Jaylen Brown played game in honor of late best friend

Jaylen Brown played game in honor of late best friend”

Brown channeled his pain into a performance that was absolutely vital to Boston pulling off the biggest upset for them this season, a 92-88 win over the defending National Basketball Association champion Golden State Warriors.

Instead, Brown leaned on the escape of the game and the support of his teammates, rewarding both with one of the best performances of his young career.

Brown told reporters how the two met in high school after he transferred to Wheeler High School in Marietta, Ga.

Brown scored a team-high 22 points and twice helped Boston rally from double-digit deficits during a 92-88 triumph over the Golden State Warriors at TD Garden. "It was tough to kind of accept it". "After talking with his mom and his family, they inspired me to come out and play".

"The first few days I sat by myself and he told me to come over and sit with him".

Coach Brad Stevens told ESPN's Chris Forsberg how his conversations with Brown prior to the game were similar to the ones he had with Isaiah Thomas when he played a playoff game last season after his sister died in a auto crash.

With Thursday's win, the Celtics have picked up 14 straight victories after dropping their first two games of the year. It was hard to keep my thoughts together, but after talking to his Mom, his family, they inspired me to come out and play because I wasn't in any shape to come out. Fun stuff. The only difference, of course, is that Brown is now in the basketball business, and he chose to get down to business last night after learning of his friend's death.

As they often do when the offense grinds to a halt, the Celtics turned to a reliable half-court play to settle in. I didn't want to leave my room.

Kyrie Irving presented Brown with the game ball, which he would have been deserving of no matter the circumstances. They fell behind by 16 points midway through the second quarter, but Brown delivered his best sequence of the season, drilling a 3-pointer, bodying the Warriors for a putback layup and racing back to block a Klay Thompson dunk, all in the span of 36 seconds.

"I've lost individuals in my life".

Given the competition, it's no stretch to say Brown has never played better. "But at the end of the day, it's about the strength within themselves". I wanted to play. "He told me to come over and sit with him". "Like Isaiah used it as a distraction, he (Brown) went out there and played and was really, really good".



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