Celtics

Kemba Walker did something no Celtic has done since 2002

"I’d say he’s a tough guy. I’m glad he’s here.”

Celtics guard Kemba Walker shoots against New York Knicks guard RJ Barrett and guard Wayne Ellington on Friday. Elise Amendola/AP Photo

Kemba Walker has quickly endeared himself to Celtics fans, helping to lead the team to four consecutive wins after a season-opening loss.

As of Saturday, Walker is averaging a career-high 26.2 points and 5.2 rebounds per game and shooting 92.7 percent from the free-throw line. During the past three games alone, he’s contributing 32.3 points per contest on 47.3 percent shooting, hitting 43.8 percent of his 3-pointers, and adding 6.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists a night.

In the process, he became the first Celtics player since Paul Pierce in 2002 to produce 30-plus points, six-plus rebounds, and four-plus assists in three consecutive games. Kyrie Irving nearly reached the same milestone this past March, but he was one rebound shy of accomplishing the feat.

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Walker put up 32 points, six rebounds, and four assists in the first meeting against the New York Knicks on Saturday. He followed that up with 32, 6, and 6 in a comeback win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday, then added 33 points, six rebounds, and five assists in Boston’s 104-102 victory over the Knicks on Friday.

The 6-foot guard has had a knack for getting to the line and converting there, nailing 28 of 29 free throws in the past two games alone.

“I’d say he’s a tough guy,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens told reporters. “I’m glad he’s here.”

Jayson Tatum hit the game-winner for the Celtics on Friday, and afterward, Walker made it clear he was happy Tatum got the ball.

“I probably would have took that a lot of times back in Charlotte,” Walker said, “but yeah, I mean, I don’t mind. I like having other guys being able to take that shot.”

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