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Playing in his 1,000th career game, Garnett was better than in his previous outing (game 999 if you’re counting). He finished with 18 points (7-11 shooting) and 10 boards to lead the Celtics to a 96-80 win over the Bulls on Halloween.
Believe it or not, KG is the fastest player to 1,000 games at 32 years, 165 days old. Well, he was drafted out of high school and has been extremely durable in his career, so that would make sense. Kobe Bryant, for instance, is more than two years younger than Garnett, but he has already played in 868 games, so he should be the fastest player to the 1000-game milestone in a couple years.
As far as the game goes, Garnett probably found it easier playing against a smaller front line. The Bulls start Drew Gooden at center (he’s a PF) and Tyrus Thomas at PF, which is a little less imposing than an Game 1, when the Celtics faced Ben Wallace and Zydrunas Ilgauskas.
The Celtics bench players combined to have a poor shooting night, but helped out in other ways. Tony Allen led the bench with 24 minutes, and scored just six points on 1-8 shooting. But, he contributed three steals, three rebounds, and a blocked shot. Leon Powe led the bench with 13 points, garnering most of his scoring from the FT line (7-10). He finished six rebounds and a blocked shot in his 18 minutes.
Patrick O’Bryant saw his first action in a Celtics uniform, but was held to just over three minutes. Despite barely playing, POB was productive, as he hauled in two rebounds and also blocked a shot.
Rookie Derrick Rose led the Bulls with 18 points and four rebounds. He strangely had just one assist as the starting point guard, so maybe he needs to practice more with the team. He had nine assists in his first game against the Bucks (a big Bulls win), so it appears that Rose will have a big impact on team victories (as is the case with most PGs).
The Celtics next play Saturday night against the Indiana Pacers.