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The Celtics easily handled the washed-up Kings, combining stifiling defense with uncanny 3-point accuracy in an 89-69 drubbing (NBA.com Box Score). Ray Allen led 5 Celtics in double figures with 17 points, while Kevin Garnett added 14 points and 10 rebounds. James Posey contributed 11 points off the bench in the win.
The old Sacramento Kings (from the Mike Bibby-Chris Webber days) played like the Celtics did last night. Prolific 3-point shooting (usually provided by Peja Stojakovic) combined with strong defense often led to 50-win seasons for Sacramento. It worked for years until the team started breaking down. Last night, the Celtics turned the table, ending an 11-game losing streak in Sacramento.
Last night, the Celtics held the Kings to just 69 points on 38.2% shooting, including an atrocious 2-15 from beyond the arc. In addition, the Celtics only shot 40.8% for the game, but they made their shots count. They hit 11-22 (50%) from downtown which contributed significantly to the 20-point win. James Posey and Eddie House each hit 3 three’s off the bench to give the C’s an added punch throughout the game. They have been coming up huge all season and will need to continue their strong play for the C’s as they head towards midseason.
It’s worth noting that former King Scot Pollard played 10 minutes and accumulated 2 points, 5 rebounds, and 1 assist to help the C’s. Pollard was a backup center for the Kings from 1998-2003.
Coming up later tonight, the Celtics will head up to Seattle to face the Sonics. It will be Ray Allen’s first game back in Seattle, but his team isn’t really as recognizable as when he left it. Not only did he leave, but his former co-star Rashard Lewis is now in Orlando. The current Sonics are led by rookie phenom Kevin Durant. The game should be another cakewalk for the C’s, but remember it’s the second game of a back-to-back, so we may see the Big Three held to limited minutes. Hopefully it won’t take long for the C’s to go up by 20, allowing the stars to get big rests.