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The Celtics won their 15th straight game Monday night in 100-91 win over the Jazz, but it may have come at a cost. Paul Pierce injured his knee while scrambling for a loose ball with 35 seconds remaining in a tight game. Afterwards, Pierce said he should be fine, but if he were to miss any amount of time, the Celtics would probably be OK considering how well Rajon Rondo is playing.
Rondo scored a career-high 25 points (to lead the Celtics) with nine rebounds, eight assists, and three steals in an all-around terrific game. The young point guard came up huge when he needed to for the C’s, scoring 12 of his points in the final 5:20 of the game.
Paul Millsap had a career game himself for the Jazz, pouring in 32 points (13-20 shooting) with 10 rebounds and two assists. He was also strong defensively with two steals and two blocks. He has been strong off the bench for Utah for a couple seasons now, and is finally getting his chance to shine with the injured Carlos Boozer out again.
Big men Kendrick Perkins and Kevin Garnett each finished with double-doubles for the Celtics while matched up against Millsap and Mehmet Okur for much of the game. Perk finished with 15 points and 14 rebounds, while KG added 19 points, 10 rebounds, three steals, and two blocked shots.
Can the Celtics be stopped?
The best start in NBA history with two losses is 26-2 by the 1966-67 Philadelphia 76ers and the 1969-70 New York Knicks. The Celtics will go for more history Wednesday night when they take on the Hawks.