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So after Thursday’s game against the Hawks, I’m listening to WEEI and Sean Grande throws out this statistic:

The Celtics have not had a 40-point scorer in a regular season game during the Big Three era.

I couldn’t believe it. I immediately went on my computer and started looking through numbers from the past four seasons (it’s true). I didn’t think it was possible, though. Not Paul Pierce. Not Ray Allen. Not even Glen “Big Baby” Davis, who I’ve always thought takes the perfect amount of jump shots, by the way.

You actually have to go all the way back to the 2005-06 season to find a 40-point scorer for the C’s. Pierce did it four times that year, including that classic 50-point game against the Cavs.

Talk about having depth and balance. Especially in today’s NBA.

Of course, the Celtics have done it twice during the postseason. Yes, the games are slightly more important, but benches also shrink and starters’ minutes are always higher.

Here are those games for anyone that forgot:

Pierce: 41 points in Game 7 of the 2008 Eastern Conference Semifinals vs. Cleveland (still the greatest Celtic performance I’ve ever seen).

Allen: 51 points in the Game 6 loss to Chicago in the 2009 ECF’s.

Anyway, just a fun fact you can share with your friends tonight. I thought I would mention it now before Nate Robinson ends the streak within the next two weeks. Enjoy the weekend!

  • Jim

    Come on man where is the love for Nate? Talk about negative vibes writing something dumb like that!
    Give him some room to grow Mr hot shot writer!

  • Cool Hand Luke

    Gosh, people are hard to please. Fans should be fine with people making fun of players if its not malicious, which this obviously isn't.

    Interesting article. I still feel like there must be a trick though. No way has pierce not broken 40. Really surprising.

    • http://twitter.com/M_DeVelaine @M_DeVelaine

      http://www.basketball-reference.com/play-index/ti

      That should be the proof. It is surprising, but nothing comes up. Pierce did have a 39-point game against Toronto (1/12/09) and a couple 37s. But that's it for the regular season.

      • Cool Hand Luke

        Thanks.

  • complexity

    That is kind of crazy. You got to figure that Pierce and Allen would have done it a couple more times if it wasn't for sitting out the whole fourth quarter a bunch of times. Doc isn't very big on letting the guys pad their stats.

  • JP-

    That is surprising, especially given the amount of times that Ray or Paul have been scorching hot

  • LStrike

    I would love to see a video of every one of Ray Allen's points in that Bulls game.

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