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The Celtics didn’t disappoint in their home opener Wednesday night, never trailing the Charlotte Bobcats and opening up leads as big as 33 points en route to a lopsided 92-59 victory at the TD Garden.
The biggest question going into the contest was whether or not the Celtics’ legs would hold up after playing rival Cleveland the night before. If Boston was tired, the team didn’t show it. The Green busted out of the gates, racing to a 9-0 lead in the first three minutes, and never looked back.
The Bobcats, playing without newly acquired starter Raja Bell, stumbled early and never found their feet. In the first four minutes, Charlotte went 0-5 from the field and turned the ball over five times.
Rajon Rondo had his way with Bobcat point guard Raymond Felton all night and played a near flawless game. The Celtics floor general scored 10 points on 5-6 shooting, dished 11 dimes, grabbed three rebounds, and made three steals. Rondo turned the ball over just once in 29-plus minutes on the hardwood.
Ray Allen scored a game-high 18 points; he should have scored 30. Allen was as wide open as the Great Plains all night, but only went 6-17 from the field, including 4-10 from behind the arc.
It didn’t matter. Compared to the Bobcats’ offense, Allen looked like a sharpshooter. Charlotte shot an embarrassing 31.1% from the field and 52% from the line.
The Celtics led 42-31 at the half before bringing the hammer down in the third quarter. Boston’s starting five knew they would be riding the pine in the fourth, so they made the most of their time on the floor. In the third, the Celtics held the Bobcats to just 10 points and opened up a 26-point lead.
The bench didn’t let up in the fourth and closed out the game in deciding fashion.
The Celtics (2-0) have a night off before facing the Chicago Bulls (0-0) at the Garden on Friday night.