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With 37.9 seconds remaining in the game against the Sacramento Kings, Paul Pierce put the nail in the coffin and the Celtics went on to get their 37th win of the season. Pierce dribbled to his sweet spot at the elbow of the free throw line, took a step back and banged a fade away jumper to score his 15th points of the game and seal the win. Sacramento sparked a little comeback towards the end of the fourth quarter but it wasn’t enough to pull out a win and the Kings fell to a record of 12-34. Ray Allen led the Celtics with 22 points while going 4-7 from deep and Rondo had yet another double-double with 17 points and 10 assists. Tyreke Evans and Demarcus Cousins both had 20 points in the Kings loss.
It wasn’t the prettiest game to watch but in the end it was the outcome that Celtics fans had hoped for.
The Celtics jumped out to an early lead and finished the quarter up 27-20. Rondo and Allen combined for 19 of the 27 total points. Ray Ray was 2-2 from three point range and Rondo had nine points, three assists and three steals.
The Kings took a 54-45 lead into half time after outscoring the Celts by 16 points in the second quarter. The Celtics scored only four points in the first six minutes and finished with only 18 for the quarter. Donte Green led the Kings with 15 points at the half while Tyreke Evans contributed 10.
After being down nine at half, Doc Rivers fired his team up and the Celts came out firing in the second half. The Kings committed seven turnovers and the Celtics outscored them by twelve (29-17) to lead the game by three going into the fourth quarter.
A breakaway dunk by Glen Davis topped off the final run and the Celtics closed out their road trip out west with a win.
Boston will move on to play the Mavericks this Friday night at 7:00 p.m.