The Rundown: Celtics torch Suns; Fontecchio leads Jazz past Warriors

Published December 8, 2022, 2:00 PMJon Carlos Rodriguez

The Celtics blew out the Suns, while the Jazz erased a four-point deficit in the last seven seconds to beat the Warriors.


Magic 116, Clippers 111

Nets 122, Hornets 116

Knicks 113, Hawks 89

Raptors 126, Lakers 113 

Wizards 115, Bulls 111

Grizzlies 123, Thunder 102

Bucks 126, Kings 113

Timberwolves 121, Pacers 115

Pelicans 104, Pistons 98

Jazz 124, Warriors 123

Celtics 125, Suns 98

What went down

What was advertised as the monumental clash between the top two teams in the league—the Boston Celtics and the Phoenix Suns—ended up in a green-colored beatdown. 

The Celtics, the team with the league’s best record, stepped on the gas pedal and never let go. It was pretty much over by halftime, and that’s no disrespect to the Phoenix Suns. The Celtics were just too good in this one. 

Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown joined together for 50 points (25 points each), helping Boston build a 39-point lead entering the fourth quarter.

Devin Booker and Mikal Bridges just could not get going for Phoenix and combined for a horrid 8-for-29. Josh Okogie led the Suns in scoring with 28 points, which isn’t a good thing when you got Booker, Deandre Ayton, and Chris Paul on your team.

The Celtics now hold a 21-5 win-loss record while the Suns fall to second in the West behind—checks notes—the New Orleans Pelicans.

Big-time ballers

The New York Knicks got a big W versus the Atlanta Hawks, thanks to a Julius Randle special: 34 points and 17 rebounds. Randle had a field day inside without the pesky presence of John Collins, who’s been out for the Hawks with an injury.

Still without Karl-Anthony Towns, the Minnesota Timberwolves ran away with a victory against the surging Indiana Pacers through their other stars.

D’Angelo Russell and Anthony Edwards combined for 54 points. Gobert joined the fun and contributed 16 points and 21 rebounds.

The Nets, meanwhile, showed their true potential with a 33-point night from Kyrie Irving, complemented by a 29-point game from Kevin Durant. 

What he said 

Ja Morant put up a wild 26-13-11 statline versus the Thunder. This triple-double made him the Grizzlies’ franchise leader in trip-dubs:

Did you see that?

It’s not everyday that you see the Golden State Warriors blow a lead in the endgame and lose a close one. When the stars align, you see it done to them via a game-winning dunk by Simone Fontecchio: