The dreaded streak is over. The Celtics had not won in Oracle Arena since December 2003 and were seemingly in danger of falling short again Tuesday night, as Golden State trimmed a 10-point third quarter lead to four with eight minutes remaining thanks to the consistenly inconsistent play of the Boston bench.
Luckily, though Doc Rivers came back with the starters shortly thereafter who turned up the defensive pressure and cruised to a 18-2 run over the next five minutes, turning a close game into a laugher by the time this one was said and done. Just how good was the defense in the second half?
*1st Quarter Warrior points: 30
*2nd Quarter Warrior points: 30
*Second Half Warrior points: 33
That’s what you call during it on people. Rajon Rondo, the birthday boy led the way with 19 points and 15 assists. Kevin Garnett was lights out from the midrange. Paul Pierce and Ray Allen chipped in with solid efforts respectively. Glen Davis shook off a rough first quarter to deliver a monster double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
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Delonte West came back and was rusty as expected. He missed all four of his shots, but it was nice to see him out there.
Kendrick Perkins bruised/sprained his left knee as Stephon Curry ran through him as Perk was setting a screen for Ray Allen. Perk left the game shortly there after and did not return. He walked gingerly off the floor as the game ended, so I would expect the team to be cautious with him here and sit him out a game or two, since they obviously can’t afford to lose him for a longer stretch.
Plenty more to come in the morning…..for now some rest.