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This one was in Boston’s hands from the get-go and the Celtics never let up, cruising to their seventh straight victory by a final of 102-78. The 76ers really had no chance at all and it seemed that they just gave up by the time the second half had started.
The Celtics held the 76ers to only 28 points in the first half alone and went into the second half leading the game 46-28. After three quarters the Celtics were up 73-47. The fourth quarter was pretty much just garbage time for the Green as they only sent out one starter (Ray Allen) to begin the fourth quarter.
Ray Allen had quite the night with 23 points, 15 of which came in the third quarter alone. He also hit three out his five shots from beyond the three-point line and just seemed unstoppable in the third quarter. Rajon Rondo also had another impressive night and set a season high with 12 assists. He everyone involved in the game, which kept the 76ers guessing the entire time where the ball was going. One recipient of Rondo’s passes was Kevin Garnett, who had 16 points including a few impressive dunks that set the mood of the game.
Tony Allen, Leon Powe, Eddie House, and Glen Davis also performed well off the bench putting up a combined total of 27 points. Every player who appeared in the game for the Celtics scored at least two points.
For the 76ers, Elton Brand had 18 points and 8 rebounds, Andre Miller had 12 points, Lou Williams had 15 points, and Marreese Speights had 12 points. The strange thing is that Celtics never really came into the third quarter and pounded away at the 76ers, but more that the 76ers just gave up on this one.
Rondo has been extremely impressive the last few games and is starting to make a name for himself as a possible all-star point guard. He might have only had six points but his speed and ability to move the ball make him a threat when he is on the court.
The Celtics’ defense was also beyond spectacular, as Boston grabbed 30 rebounds and had nine steals. The team also moved the ball well, as evidenced by their 30 total assists.
Next up: The Celtics head to Charlotte tomorrow night for a showdown with the Bobcats at 7 p.m.