The Boston Celtics had a night that was far from the usual when facing the Atlanta Hawks. The game didn’t go into any extra periods–two of three games this season have. Boston had three 20 point scorers tonight and they shot 54% from the field as well which is 8% over their season average of 46%. They also lit the nets up from beyond the arch making 11-23 from long range.
The Celtics had everything clicking tonight. Paul Pierce led the way with a triple double of 20 points, 10 assists, and 10 rebounds. Jeff Green was right behind him with 27 points and Jason Terry scored 24 points off the bench on only 10 shots.
Shavlik Randolph gave the Celtics an unexpected boost on the defensive end with nine points, 13 rebounds, and two blocked shots. He also altered more shots than that tonight. The most defining play for the team tonight was in the fourth quarter where the ball was fumbled four or five times. Avery Bradley came out of the scrum with the ball and kicked it into the corner to Jeff Green. Green then swung the ball to Jason Terry above the break and he drained a three pointer that blew the lid off of teh TD Garden.
The Celtics needed this type of game against a playoff team with all that they’ve been going through. Al Horford being out tonight was definitely a boost for the C’s but a win is a win. The Celtics have now won two in a row and can look to get back to their winning ways again just in time for the postseason.