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Celtics Win 16th Game in a Row

In a game reminiscent of last year’s playoff series with the Atlanta Hawks, it went down to the final seconds for the winner to be decided. The Celtics pulled it out with a clutch turn-in hook-shot from Kevin Garnett and two free throws from Ray Allen to seal the 88-85 win.

Kendrick Perkins proved he’s still a beast with a monster game. He had 10 rebounds and four blocked shots including a huge block in the final seconds. Joe Johnson missed a jumper and, gathering the rebound, went up for the quick put-back. Perk was ready with a perfectly timed jump and swatted the ball up towards Rondo, who was subsequently fouled moving up the court.

The starting five excelled with Paul Pierce, despite the injured knee, having a strong night with 18 points and 7 rebounds. Rajon Rondo stole four balls, made seven assists, six rebounds, and ended up 15 points with on 7-12 shooting. Ray Allen added 16 points and five boards.

One low-light for the Celtics was their bench production with only 13 points. However, the starting five held a stranglehold over the playing time, so coming off the bench and being productive, in such an intense game like this one, is certainly a difficult task.

Celtics outscored Hawks 29-23 in the 4th quarter. Garnett was clutch in the fourth, scoring 10 of his 18 points. Defensively, the Celtics successfully contained Joe Johnson, limiting him to 20 points, and only 1-7 from three-point range.

The Celtics have tied the ’64 – ’65 Celtics 16-game win streak and look to make it 17 in a row against the Bulls at home in Boston. The Celtics are 24-2 on the season.

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  1. It was great to see the Celtics FINALLY pull a win out of Atlanta.

    If they can get to 45-4 or so…they have a legit shot at the greatest regular season of all time. But…45-4 would be nearly impossible since they have everyone gunning for them (and it would require a 21-2 run from here).

    Posted by KC | December 18, 2008, 3:37 am

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