Boston Celtics 95 Sacramento Kings 92
ARCO Arena – Sacramento, CA
February 17, 2010
Tonight the Boston Celtics were on the road in Sacramento ready to begin the second half of the season on the right track. Going into the game Celtics fans didn’t quite know what to expect but one thing is for sure, we didn’t expect it to be as close as it was. Yes the game was on the road, yes the Kings are a good young team, but the Kings are also 18-34 and a loss to this team would have meant chaos.
After leading by as much as ten in the second quarter the Kings slowly worked their way back into the game and eventually took the lead with less than five minutes remaining in the game. The two teams swapped leads on the odd numbers for two or three minutes before a Paul Pierce three and eight missed free throws by the Kings helped the Celtics seal the deal and walk out with a 95-92 victory.
The bench kept the Celtics in the game for the most part tonight and ended up with a total of forty-four points. Rasheed Wallace led the charge with 17 points on 5-9 shooting, along with five rebounds. Like we have come to expect Sheed had his moments of greatness and his moments that make you say “what the heck is he doing”. For the most part he was efficient but if he wants to help this team beat better teams he will have to continue to play his role.
Paul Pierce also dropped in 17 points on the night, including a clutch three late in the game. As I noted in my preview of the second half of the season, I believe Pierce will start to come around. Tonight he wasn’t exactly the Paul Pierce of his prime but he showed small improvements from what we saw before the break.
As much as I would love to say the Celtics won this game by themselves I have to thank the Kings for missing free throws in the clutch. As a team they missed eight free throws in the fourth quarter and only shot 19-30 on the night. Omri Casspi, the “other guy” who played HORSE, led the way for the Kings with 19 points. Tyreke Evans chipped in 17 points for the Kings.
Like I said, a win is a win. The Celtics move to 33-18 on the season and avoid their third straight loss. Should they have won by more? Yes, they probably should have but at this point a win on the road is huge. The bus now heads into L.A to take on the Lakers on Thursday night. All I have to say is that they better bring more than they brought tonight.