Pritchard became just third Celtics player to post this stat line in game


Payton Pritchard joined a very small group of Celtics legends Sunday with his impressive triple-double during Boston's 120-114 win over the Atlanta Hawks at TD Garden.

The third-year point guard scored 30 points (9-of-16 from 3-point range) with 14 rebounds and 11 assists in 46 minutes. 

Pritchard became just the third Celtics player ever to tally at least 30-plus points, 14-plus rebounds and 11-plus assists in a single regular season game, joining Hall of Famers Larry Bird and John Havlicek. 

That's some pretty good company that Pritchard is in.

Pritchard played in just 48 games during the regular season as injury and the team's amazing depth at point guard decreased his opportunities for consistent minutes. 

Boston's playoff run begins Saturday afternoon versus the Miami Heat or Atlanta Hawks at the Garden. Pritchard might not be in the rotation to start, but he needs to stay ready because at some point the Celtics will need their bench to win them a playoff game. His ability to shoot 3-pointers and attack the basket could prove valuable over the next couple months.

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