TIMBERWOLVES 104 CELTICS 122
The Celtics jumped out in this game early and often. With great defense that led to fast break points, the C’s led at the end of one 34-19. Kendrick Perkins and Kevin Garnett combined for huge blocked shots that led to several of these break away baskets. Once they had Minnesota down in the first, there was no let up as the Celtics kept pushing it and went up 66-41 at the break. Although the score only shows a Celtics victory by 18 points, visually it was much more.
Paul Pierce led the charge as he tied a Celtics record with 6-6 shooting from behind the arc which was originally posted by Danny Ainge, and tied by Walter McCarty. He got his looks all night, was aggressive with them, and made the TWolves pay. Pierce finished the game with 29 points and 7 rebounds. Rajon Rondo and Kendrick Perkins also had good games for the Celtics as they both finished with double doubles. (Rondo- 13 pts 15 assists Perkins- 14 pts 11 rebs)
What has surprised us all week, but more emphatically in this game was the emergence of Tony Allen. Allen has been a very pleasant surprise for the Celtics with Marquis Daniels going down. He has filled the role big time with his hustle, and his ability to play within himself, which he has struggled with in past years. Allen is doing nothing outside of his abilities and it is helping the bench out big time.
Throughout the game, the Celtics did slow it down a bit, and did not run out to what appeared to be atleast a 40 point victory. The difference between tonight and the other nights was they never let their opponents get too far back in. In the game against the 76ers, the C’s allowed 15 to be their limit. Tonight they pushed it up around 25 for a large portion of the game. This is exactly what they will need to do on Tuesday night against the Pacers to give them confidence in their game as they take their game into Orlando.
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