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Just days after trading away Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson, the Celtics got a fresh reminder from Jazz forward/center Al Jefferson that in making a trade, be careful what you wish for. Jefferson scored 28 points and grabbed a season-high 19 points for the new-look Jazz on Monday night, but Ray Allen, who has been traded twice in his career, got the last laugh in the Celtics’ 107-102 win.
Allen led the Celtics with 25 points and hit a huge three-pointer late in the fourth quarter to rescue the C’s as the Jazz started to make another run in a back-and-forth game. Ray hit 5 of his 8 threes (9/15 overall from the field) and also finished with two steals.
Paul Pierce, who pitched in 21 points of his own, told reporters after the game that it’s a “privilege” to play with the always-clutch Allen.
“You watch him down the stretch, and it’s something beautiful,” said Paul Pierce about Allen.
The C’s had three other players in double figures, including Perk’s temporary replacement, Nenad Krstic. The 7-footer finished with 11 points and five rebounds, but 10 of those points came in the first quarter. Krstic is the team’s current fifth option, so it’s not alarming that he only scored 1 point after the first quarter. Who do you want handling the ball in the fourth: Pierce & Allen…or Krstic? It’s not a concern.
Rajon Rondo scored 18 points with 11 assists, and hit a big jumper with 24 seconds remaining to seal the Celtics’ third win in four games on an emotional road trip.
Kevin Garnett finished with 16 points and 14 rebounds, and was also slapped with a technical foul late in the fourth for a confrontation for the main man he was traded for in Jefferson (who was T’d up too).
Glen Davis, who played most of the minutes down the stretch scored 7 points off the bench, but finished 2-8 from the field with four turnovers and five personal fouls. He’s definitely had better days.