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It may be hard to believe, but the Celtics now have their first 10-game winning streak in nearly 22 years. What’s more amazing is that it’s their third 9-game winning streak this season. Coach Doc Rivers evened his career coaching record at 324-324 (.500), and should be able to stay out of the red in the coming years.
The C’s dominated for most of the game, so everyone who played got more than 13 minutes of action. Kevin Garnett (7-14) and Ray Allen (8-10) each had 18 points to lead the scoring attack. An unusually generous Paul Pierce finished with 14 points and 11 assists for the double-double.
This was just the classic case of a much more talented team dominating from start to finish. The Celtics, for the most part, were the worse team last season so some of the players certainly know how it feels. They outshot the Sonics 50.6%-38.0% and outscored them in every period but the final one.
Eddie House was dynamite off the bench, going 5-5 from the field for 11 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals. Maybe the addition of Sam Cassell has him playing even harder to remain in the rotation. Cassell’s arrival was supposed to mean less minutes for House and Allen. Maybe Cassell was the shot in the arm that House needed.
Next up is a home game against the Jazz before the Celtics embark on a brutal West Coast road trip next week, including games against the Spurs, Mavs, Rockets, and Hornets. Yikes…