Celtics' Jaylen Brown Proves He 'Can Play with the Best of Them' in Win vs. Nets

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVDecember 5, 2022

Boston Celtics' Jaylen Brown reacts after making the tying three-pointer during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, Friday, Dec. 2, 2022, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
AP Photo/Michael Dwyer

Jaylen Brown has quietly been one of the best players in the NBA this season. He got loud on Sunday.

Brown scored a game-high 34 points against the Brooklyn Nets, leading the Boston Celtics to a 103-92 win. He added 10 rebounds, two assists, two steals and a career-high four blocks in the victory. He also didn't turn the ball over once.


Jaylen Brown has the 🟢 light!<br><br>He finished Q1 with 20 PTS (5/5 3PM) on the NBA App<br>📲 <a href="https://t.co/1pomR04bRi">https://t.co/1pomR04bRi</a> <a href="https://t.co/1Fciez5B0V">pic.twitter.com/1Fciez5B0V</a>


Jaylen Brown contorts for the double clutch lay!<br><br>The <a href="https://twitter.com/celtics?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@celtics</a> lead by 8 in Q3 on the NBA App<br>📲 <a href="https://t.co/1pomQZN8Pi">https://t.co/1pomQZN8Pi</a> <a href="https://t.co/nFV6uZuieb">pic.twitter.com/nFV6uZuieb</a>


Jaylen Brown takes off in transition 💪<br><br>He has 30 PTS for the <a href="https://twitter.com/celtics?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@celtics</a> on the NBA App<br>📲 <a href="https://t.co/1pomQZN8Pi">https://t.co/1pomQZN8Pi</a> <a href="https://t.co/mVaJh5twtL">pic.twitter.com/mVaJh5twtL</a>

After the game, Brown said he likes to remind people he's one of the NBA's elite players:

Celtics on NBC Sports Boston @NBCSCeltics

"I can play with the best of them and I just like reminding people of that."<a href="https://twitter.com/FCHWPO?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@FCHWPO</a> catching up with <a href="https://twitter.com/tvabby?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@tvabby</a> after dropping 34 points vs. the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Nets?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Nets</a> <a href="https://t.co/hJgax91kqR">pic.twitter.com/hJgax91kqR</a>

He didn't waste any time dropping the hammer on Brooklyn, putting up 20 points in the first quarter alone as Boston raced out to a 35-27 lead and never looked back.

So unsurprisingly, NBA Twitter was buzzing after the performance:

StatMuse @statmuse

Players with multiple 30/10 games with 5 threes this season: <br><br>— Jaylen Brown<br>— Jayson Tatum<br><br>That’s it. <a href="https://t.co/bQRRDC85d0">pic.twitter.com/bQRRDC85d0</a>

Taylor Snow @taylorcsnow

Only three times in Celtics history has a player made five 3-pointers in the first quarter.<br><br>Ray Allen did it once. Jaylen Brown's done it twice.

Dart_Adams @Dart_Adams

Jaylen Brown did everything tonight except sell popcorn &amp; renounce Kanye…

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA

I never thought Jaylen Brown would be this good of a pullup three-point shooter. A testament how hard he's worked on that shot.

Dan Greenberg @StoolGreenie

Jaylen Brown is incredible

Josue Pavón @Joe_Sway

Jaylen made that last 3-pointer right in Kevin Durant's face, what a show from Brown. <br><br>He's scored 20 points in 11 minutes. Celtics up 35-27

Nekias (Nuh-KY-us) Duncan @NekiasNBA

I don’t even think Brooklyn defended poorly and Boston put 35 on em in Q1. Jaylen Brown with 20 already.<br><br>They’re a buzzsaw.

Hardwood Paroxysm @HPbasketball

Jaylen Brown with 20 in the first quarter as the Celtics are back to "never miss a shot ever" after Friday's weird outlier

Trey @TA1297

Jaylen Brown needs his flowers. Please appreciate what he’s doing for this team.

Taco Jay’s Tacos ☘️ @KryntNBA

Jaylen Brown is absolutely electric to see live. Doesn’t quite translate as well to TV just how dominant he is, and that’s saying something

Brown wasn't alone in his efforts, as his running mate Jayson Tatum put up 29 points, 11 boards and four steals. The pair combined to shoot 20-of-39 from the field, while the Celtics shot a solid 15-of-38 overall from beyond the arc.

Kevin Durant tried to keep Brooklyn in the game, finishing with 31 points. He didn't have much help, however, as Kyrie Irving struggled (18 points, 7-of-21 from the field) and the team's bench was outscored 24-15 by Boston's reserves.

For the 18-5 Celtics, it was yet another conquest in a season full of them, as they remain atop the Eastern Conference. For the 13-11 Nets, it was yet another disappointing display, albeit one without the injured Ben Simmons.

And for Brown, it was yet another reminder that he's climbing steadily closer to the ranks of the superstars. Well, if he isn't there already, that is.