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The University of Connecticut had to have been proud Monday night. Two of the school’s best all-time players, Ray Allen and Ben Gordon, dueled in an epic Game 2. Fortunately, Allen (30 points, 9-18 shooting) got the last laugh, hitting a huge three-pointer with two seconds left to lift the Celtics to a 118-115 win.
Ben Gordon was every bit as clutch as Ray, scoring a playoff career-high 42 points (6-11 from 3PT), including a tying jumpshot with just 12 seconds remaining. That shot set the stage for Allen with the game tied 115-115.
Everyone in the building knew Ray Allen would get the final shot, as he had been clutch leading up to the final play. Allen took a pass from Rajon Rondo, and hoisted up his three point attempt in front of the leaping Joakim Noah. The shot fell, and the Celtics won when Tyrus Thomas’ half-court prayer missed the hoop as time expired.
Rondo and the rest of the guards held Bulls rookie Derrick Rose in check. Rose scored 36 points in Game 1, but was held to 10 points, six rebounds, and seven assists. Rondo, meanwhile, went for a triple-double with 19 points, 12 rebounds, and 16 assists.
Glen Davis was another Celtic that stepped up in the absence of Kevin Garnett. Big Baby scored a career-high 26 points (12-21 shooting) and added nine rebounds in the win.
The Celtics bench scored a total of just nine points as they were largely ineffective when on the floor.
The Celtics now will head to Chicago to play the Bulls in Game 3 on Thursday. They need to win at least one game in Chicago to win this series…so we will see what happens.