So the Celtics came out hungry last night….that much has been established. Still nearly 24 hours after the fact, I still can’t seem to get over just how well Boston played in the first quarter last night against a shellshocked Hawks squad. To put it all in perspective, let’s have some fun with the numbers to relish in the goodness of which may be the best quarter of basketball on both ends of the floor we may have seen played by any team in the NBA all year:
Score: 39-13 Boston
FG Percentage: Boston 72% (18-25) Atlanta 24% (4-17)
Free Throws: Boston 100% (1-1) Atlanta 73% (5-7)
Rebounds: Boston 16 (4 offensive) Atlanta 3 (0 offensive)
Assists: 12-3 Boston (Nate Robinson had 5)
Points in the Paint: 20-0 Boston
Shots Attempted in The Paint: Boston 14, Atlanta: 3 (Missed all 3)
I’ll preface this with the knowledge that Atlanta looked like they didn’t even want to be in Phillips Arena for this entire contest. However, given the fact the C’s did this 1) without their best player, 2) on the road, 3) on the second night of a back-to-back, and 4) against a consensus playoff team, I can’t help but be mystified by those numbers.
Was it this team’s best quarter of the past four years? I’m not sure, but it has to be up there.