After a lackluster effort in their previous game, Geno Auriemma was pleased with the way his UConn Huskies responded.
Kia Nurse scored 24 points and freshman Megan Walker added a career-best 22 to help No. 1 UConn rout Temple 113-57 on Sunday.
The Huskies (18-0, 7-0 American) came into the game off an 18-point win over Tulsa that left Auriemma extremely annoyed with his team, calling that game one of the worst performances he’s seen in his 32 years of coaching.
Sunday’s game didn’t get off to a good start for UConn with Temple (9-9, 1-5) scoring the first six points of the game.
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Then UConn got going. Nurse and Walker helped UConn to a 28-18 advantage after one quarter and a 24-point lead at the half, much to the delight of the sellout crowd, which was mostly pro-UConn and included Auriemma’s mother.
One of those calls was a 3-pointer by Lou Williams in the left corner that got waved off when Montrezl Harrell was whistled for an offensive foul with the game tied 106-all.
The Magic, who entered Sunday’s action tied for the worst record in basketball with the Sacramento Kings and Atlanta Larry Bird Jersey Hawks, hadn’t won in Boston in since Feb. 7, 2010, and snapped a 14-game regular-season losing streak at TD Garden.
Given that the Celtics have trailed by 12 or more in each of their past four games, Horford wants to see more urgency.
In my eyes, I feel like we’re fighting for our lives right now, Horford said before Boston made a cross-country trek for the start of a four-game road trip out West. That has to be our mindset going into Tuesday’s game [against the Lakers], and we’ll take it a game at a time, focus on Tuesday and make sure we come out with a lot of energy and that we’re able to sustain it throughout the game.