What was built up as a great matchup between two premier point guards quickly became a lopsided Celtics win. The Jazz came out of the game flat and could not keep pace with the surging Boston Celtics.
Kevin Garnett led the way with a 21 points, Paul Pierce chipped in with 20 and Ray Allen brought himself within 25 three pointers of Reggie Miller’s all time NBA record. Ray Allen’s 11 points also brought him within 99 points of Larry Bird for 26th most in NBA history and 122 points behind Gary Payton for 25th all time. The next couple of weeks will see Ray Allen reach some historic career milestones.
Rajon Rondo got the better of Deron Williams on this night, Williams would not score his first points until the third quarter. Rondo chipped in with his usual 12 assists but also committed a game high 5 turnovers.
Semih Erden stepped up big after the loss of Shaq, Erden scored a career high 14 points in 30 minutes of play and also added 7 rebounds. Glen Davis was at it again taking charges and scoring in bunches, Davis added 15 points and 7 boards in his usual role off the bench.
Shaq left the game a little over six minutes into the first quarter with what the Celtics are calling a sore hip.
The Celtics are back at it again tomorrow night against the Wizards and should be fresh considering the starting lineup got to sit for a good portion of the game as Doc emptied the bench.