Simply put, Boston is the much better team and, given the fact that the Celtics were 10-point favorites in Las Vegas for the battle between the two teams on Thursday evening, expectations were in line with that.
Then, things started getting weird. However, only one of the starters contributed to those 13 points.
After making their first shot of the game, a 3 by Irving, the Celtics missed their next 12 attempts and the Suns raced out to a 15-3 lead. Phoenix would lead for the next 46:52 of the game before a Marcus Morris three-pointer just before the final buzzer forced overtime, where the Suns would eventually fall 116-109.
Warren, starting for the first time since October 31, scored 14 first-quarter points as the Suns took advantage of Boston's shooting woes. Tatum had only four points, but he hit the final two free throws to seal the victory.
Booker's 17-footer with 0.5 seconds left gave the Suns a 32-13 edge in a stanza in which the Celtics went 4-of-22 from the field.
That team was the same Celtics squad that routinely overcame double-digit deficits during last year's 55-win campaign.
"I'm taking a picture of the Suns got a lead", he said as host Ernie Johnson questioned him.
Sure, it was against a rebuilding team that ranks last in the National Basketball Association in point differential, but there's something to be said about recovering from a bad start to post a thrilling road win. Irving was the only starter to make a field goal in the first half. A game after playing a season-low seven minutes, 2017 first-round draft pick Josh Jackson played only five. Smart provided the assist.
The Celtics are now 7-4 and will play the Jazz in Utah on Friday.
Suns: At the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday.