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Ray Allen Hits Game Winner at the Buzzer

The Celtics were able to grab their 12th straight win in Philadelphia against the 76ers 100-99. This game went down to the final seconds with Ray Allen hitting a game winning three-pointer with 0.5 seconds left on the clock. The Celtics were lucky to pull this one off after some really sloppy play especially shown with a 28-8 run by the 76ers to finish off the first half.

The Celtics were also down several players with Kevin Garnett still out with the flu and Brian Scalabrine out indefinitely with his concussions. However, the Celtics continued on their winning ways thanks to some late efforts from Ray Allen and an all-around great game from Paul Pierce.

Pierce was the game’s leading scorer with 29 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists as he put the team on his back with the abscence of Garnett. Ray Allen was slow to start in the game, but finished with 23 points. Rajon Rondo played another strong game with 20 points of his own and 8 assists. Finally, Glen Davis, who started in place of Garnett, was impressive, with 12 points and 11 rebounds. The Celtics bench was weak, especially with Tony Allen also suffering flu-like symptoms, but he still played through them.

For Philadelphia, Andre Igoudala and Andre Miller led the way with 22 and 21 points respectively. Samuel Dalembert and Thaddeus Young also added 10 and 14 points apiece. Lou Williams was impressive off the bench with 11 points as well.

The game was very sloppy on the Celtics’ end and they were lucky to pull away with a win in this one. The Celtics had 20 turnovers in contrast to Philadelphia’s mere 9. Boston was also quickly in foul trouble with Glen Davis, Kendrick Perkins, and Leon Powe, causing concern with an already weakened bench. However, they were able to pull off the win. Next, the Celtics head back home on Thursday to take on the Lakers who they last saw and lost to on Christmas day.

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2 comments for “Ray Allen Hits Game Winner at the Buzzer”

  1. Geoff is certainly correct when he says the Celts were lucky to record a win in this one. That’s okay, though, considering the total lack of respect that Paul Pierce got from the officials. If LeBron took that much mugging from the opposing team, he’d be at the line for 30 free throws or so. It’s a wonder Pierce can still walk after some of the shots he took with no fouls called. Ridiculous.

    I remember watching the Bird, McHale Celtics win many games you were sure they were going to lose. They’d be outplayed, but somehow managed to win, probably because they just didn’t believe they could lose. Much the same with these Celts, who somehow manage to pull out these close games.

    Kudos to Big Baby, who is playing his heart out and seems to have found a jump shot that can be taken seriously. And does anybody know where Kendrick Perkins went? He’s pretty much disappeared lately after playing the best basketball of his career. After Al Jefferson ate him for lunch on Sunday, I figured he’d be up for a major effort against Philly, but once again he was a total non-factor. I guess without Garnett spoon feeding him for layups, there’s just not much you can expect from him, at least scoring-wise.

    Posted by Ken | February 4, 2009, 7:48 am
  2. I think Perk probably is still slowed by his shoulder injury…at least that’s my excuse for him.

    And Ken, great point about Pierce. What is with his lack of respect? I know he’ll be a hall of famer, but how come the officials don’t see it the same way? Kobe, LeBron, D-Wade, and Iverson all get special treatment when heading toward the basket. Pierce gets calls sometimes, but oftentimes he’ll be mugged under the hoop and no foul will be called. It’s absurd!

    Posted by KC | February 4, 2009, 5:30 pm

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