Edwards’ 3s in the 3rd send Celtics to perfect preseason

  • Boston Celtics' Carsen Edwards (4) drives against Cleveland Cavaliers' Collin Sexton during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, in Cleveland. The Celtics defeated the Cavaliers 118-95. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane) Ron Schwane

  • Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid (21) shoots as Detroit Pistons' Tony Snell, left, and Luke Kennard defend during the second half of an NBA preseason basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, in Philadelphia. The 76ers won 106-86. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) Matt Rourke

  • Philadelphia 76ers' Zhaire Smith (8) shoots as Detroit Pistons' Bruce Brown defends during the second half of an NBA preseason basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, in Philadelphia. The 76ers won 106-86. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) Matt Rourke

  • Philadelphia 76ers' Norvel Pelle (14) blocks the shot of Detroit Pistons' Christian Wood during the second half of an NBA preseason basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, in Philadelphia. The 76ers won 106-86. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) Matt Rourke

  • Cleveland Cavaliers' Darius Garland (10) goes up for a shot against Boston Celtics' Vincent Poirier (77) and Grant Williams (12) during the second half of an NBA preseason basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, in Cleveland. The Celtics won 118-95. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane) Ron Schwane

Published: 10/16/2019 1:02:03 AM

From Larry Bird to Ray Allen, the Boston Celtics have suited up some of the best perimeter shooters in NBA history.

None of them ever had a hotter hand from behind the arc in a quarter than rookie Carsen Edwards on Tuesday night.

Edwards made eight 3-pointers and scored 26 points in the third period, leading the Celtics to a 118-95 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers to complete an unbeaten preseason.

The Philadelphia 76ers also are 4-0, though their success isn’t surprising because they’re expected to be one of the best teams in the league.

Edwards’ performance was a surprise, because there have been few like it in any game, no matter whether it counted in standings.

The second-round pick from Purdue was 8 for 11 behind the arc in the third quarter, all in just under nine minutes.

Bird has raved about some of Klay Thompson’s shooting performances, and the Golden State All-Star is the only player who ever made more 3s in one quarter. He hit nine during his 37-point third quarter — also a record — against Sacramento on Jan. 23, 2015.

Edwards finished 9 of 15 from 3-point range and scored 30 points.

Tremont Waters added 24 points, matching Edwards from the field at 10-of-16 shooting, and seven assists while Boston rested most of its regulars.

Collin Sexton led the Cleveland (1-3) starters with 20 points. Darius Garland, the No. 5 overall pick in June, added 16.




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