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Sam Hauser still made NBA history from downtown despite his Celtics blowout win due to injury

BOSTON — An ankle injury in the third quarter was the only thing that kept Sam Hauser from making Celtics history Sunday night. But the Boston sniper still made NBA history thanks to his series of threes in a short period of time.

Hauser was blocked from downtown throughout his 22 minutes in the team's blowout win over the Wizards in Washington, D.C., draining 10 three-pointers en route to the first 30-point night of his career .

With Jaylen Brown, Derrick White and Kristaps Porzingis all out, the Celtics lacked serious firepower behind the arc. But Hauser, making his eighth start of the season, made sure Boston didn't miss a beat against the NBA's worst team.

The expert shooter was scorching in the first half, hitting seven of his nine three-point attempts. This tied a Boston franchise record for most three-pointers in a half and allowed Hauser to break Marcus Smart's Celtics record for most three-pointers in a game.

In total, the Celtics made 17 triples in the first half to set a new franchise record for any half.

Hauser wasted no time getting back into rhythm in the second half, scoring three more in just 30 seconds. He added two more over the next few minutes, but his night ended after just 4:17 of second-half action when Hauser stepped on someone's foot near the Washington bench.

Hauser returned to the Boston locker room and did not return to action. The injury robbed him of a chance to etch his name in Boston's record books.

Finishing with 10 three-pointers, Hauser fell just shy of Smart's franchise record of 11. But there's a glimmer of hope in his three-pointer: Hauser's 10 made in just 22 minutes and 49 seconds established an NBA. record the fewest minutes played with 10 or more three-pointers.

Hauser finished his night with an impressive 10 of 13 from downtown, matching Washington's 10 marks from distance. His hot hand helped lead the Celtics to a 130-104 victory, the team's fifth straight win.

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