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The Sacramento Kings came into the T.D. Banknorth Garden and looked as if they were going to put up a bit of a challenge for the streaking Celtics, but that changed in a hurry. The Kings had an early 10-point lead on the Celtics, but Boston easily erased the deficit and were down by only two points to start the second quarter. They then went on a 25-9 run to put the game away. Believe it or not, the Celtics bench secured this win.
The starters had a decent showing, but none were great. Rajon Rondo had a good game, putting up 24 points and dishing out nine assists. Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen had 14 and 12 points respectively, but Paul Pierce was limited to just eight points with only one field goal during the game.
The Celtics’ bench players were the stars tonight, especially Eddie House who had 28 points and a career high eight three pointers. Glen Davis added 14 points and Tony Allen had 10 points and eight rebounds. Allen, who missed the previous 11 games, gave the Celtics the needed spark to surge past the lowly Kings.
The Kings, who now have lost their last seven games, were lead by Jason Thompson, who had a double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds. John Salmons had 22 points and Kevin Martin added 18. Bobby Brown was the only respectable player from the Sacramento bench, finishing with 13 points.
The Celtics hope to use this game going forward to establish to themselves as the powerhouse of the NBA once again with the emergence of a strong bench.
Thursday, the Celtics hope to see three more of their own players go to the All-Star game in Phoenix as the reserves are announced. Paul Pierce and Ray Allen look to go again and Rajon Rondo is a strong hopeful. They will join Kevin Garnett, who has already been selected as a starter for the second year in a row.
Up next, the Celtics head to Detroit on Friday night for a match-up with the Pistons.