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If Rajon Rondo is putting up over 20 points in a game, it’s going to be a good night in Boston. Rondo did just that and was the key player in the Celtics’ come-from-behind victory Wednesday night against Golden State as they won 116-111.
The Celtics led this one early on, but the Warriors took charge in the second and third quarters and looked as if they were going to pull away with the victory. They led by as much as 14, but Rondo and the Celts charged back to give the C’s their sixth win in a row, improving to 14-2.
Rajon Rondo finished the night with 22 points and 7 assists, helping add to big games from the Big Three. Kevin Garnett had a double-double with 21 points and 13 rebounds, Paul Pierce added 21 points, and Ray Allen led the team in scoring with 25 points and hit five out of his seven shots from beyond the three-point line.
The Celtics’ bench did not offer much support tonight and only had two players, Glen “Big Baby” Davis and sixth man, Tony Allen, put at least nine points on the board. The only other player on the bench to have any points was Leon Powe with three.
On the other end of the court, Golden State was led by Corey Maggette who had 32 points, Steven Jackson with 30 points, and newcomer Jamal Crawford who had 18 points. The Warriors’ sloppy defense lost them this game as well as many other ones previously despite having an explosive offense. This game, in fact, featured the Celtics as one of the best defensive teams against the Warriors, a top offensive team. In the end, defense won.
The Celtics and the T.D. Banknorth Garden held a moment of silence for the recent passing of Helen Heinsohn before the game. She was the wife of former player, coach, and now long-time broadcaster for the Celtics Tommy Heinsohn. She passed away on Monday after losing a long battle with cancer.