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It turns out the Nuggets got a pretty good deal when they traded Allen Iverson for Chauncey Billups. Denver is now 4-1 with their new point guard after he finished with 18 points and seven assists in a 94-85 win over the Celtics.
Ray Allen led the Celtics with 26 points in the loss that snapped the team’s six-game win streak. Allen sunk five of his three-point attempts and added six rebounds, four assists, and two steals. He carried the offensive load for much of the first part of the game, but it was not enough as the Celtics lost their first home game of the season.
Rajon Rondo was pretty bad offensively, shooting just 1-8 from the field with two points, but came up huge in other facets of the game. Rondo finished with seven assits and seven steals to go against just one turnover. For what he didn’t provide offensively, he sure made up for it defensively.
It also hurt that the Celtics got such little production from their usually strong bench. Besides Eddie House (13 points on 5-11 shooting), the bench contributed three total points. Glen “Big Baby” Davis, Leon Powe, and Tony Allen combined to go 0-8 from the field with two points.
In fact, if you analyze the +/- numbers for the game, you’ll find that the second unit for the Celtics was inferior on this night. Powe, House, and Davis all contributed +/- ratings of at least -16. Thus, for example, when Leon Powe was on the floor, the Celtics were outscored by 16 points. That’s not a good stat…
Carmelo Anthony added 18 points and 13 rebounds for the Nuggets, who improved to 5-4 on the year.
Next up for the Celtics is a matchup against the Bucks in Milwaukee tomorrow night.