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Cue the Sergio Leone score for this one.
The good: the Celtics move to 5-0 on the season, breezing to a 105-74 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night at the Wachovia Center.
The bad: two of the Big Three looked lost. Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen shot a combined 3-15, missed three of five free throws, and turned the ball over seven times.
The ugly: the 76ers failed to score their namesake. Philly shot a dismal 29-80 from the field (36.2%), including 1-16 from behind the arc. Once again, that’s 16 attempted three pointers, resulting in a grand total of three points.
Rasheed Wallace, playing the role of Clint Eastwood, strode into his hometown and dropped 20 points in 23 minutes off the bench to lead the way for the Celtics. The Philly native drained 6-8 from deep and even pulled down six rebounds.
Sheed provided the only real entertainment in a contest that was never a contest. The Celtics came out shooting blanks, at one point logging a 2-13 line late in the first. Philly was up at that point, boasting a 3-12 FGM/A line.
The Celtics’ bench took control late in the opening quarter and into the second, pacing Boston to a 44-36 halftime lead. The difference in play was staggering. The Celtics’ starting five shot 8-24 (33%) for the half. The bench went 9-14 (64%).
It was more of the same in the second half: the Celtics’ starting five looking flat; Sheed knocking down threes to help the bench dominate; and Philly playing like a team comprised of players pulled from the stands.
The Celtics’ starters (save a few minutes for Ray Allen) never sniffed the court in the fourth. Doc Rivers used his full 12-man active roster, and Lester Hudson, J.R. Giddens, and even the big red head, Brian Scalabrine, played the final five minutes. Philly had no answer for that powerful threesome, as the Green ended up scoring 36 points in the final quarter.
Boston is back at it Wednesday night in Minnesota.