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It was a do-or-die Game 6, and tensions were high as the Boston Celtics faced off against the Brooklyn Nets. The Celtics had a lot riding on this game, having already fallen behind in the series. If they lost, it would be the end of their playoff run.
But one man stepped up to deliver for the Celtics: Robert Williams III. The 23-year-old center had been a key player for the team all season, but in this game, he truly shone.
Williams was a force to be reckoned with on both ends of the court. He put up a career-high 11 blocks, a total that tied the Celtics’ playoff record. He also grabbed nine rebounds and scored 9 points, contributing to the team’s 125-119 victory over the Nets.
But it wasn’t just Williams who delivered for the Celtics in this game. Point guard Joe Mazzulla also played a crucial role in the team’s success.
Mazzulla, who had been an assistant coach for the Celtics G League affiliate just a few months prior, was called up to the NBA team in the middle of the playoffs. He was quickly thrust into a high-pressure situation, having to help guide the Celtics to victory in Game 6.
And guide them he did. Mazzulla was a steady presence on the court, directing the team’s offense and playing tough defense. He finished the game with 4 points, 6 assists, and 2 rebounds.
The Celtics’ victory in Game 6 was a testament to the team’s resilience and determination. They had been written off by many after falling behind in the series, but they refused to give up.
Instead, they rallied together and put on a performance that will go down in Celtics history. Williams and Mazzulla were instrumental in that performance, showing that even the unlikeliest heroes can step up and deliver when it matters most.
As the Celtics prepare for the next round of the playoffs, they can take pride in the fact that they have two rising stars in Williams and Mazzulla. These two players may not have been the stars of the team before Game 6, but they proved that they are more than capable of delivering when their team needs them most.