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Lately, the knock against the Celtics was that they couldn’t beat the best from the West. Last year, they dominated the Western Conference in the regular season, but this year seemed different. They were swept by the Lakers this year, losing last week by one point in overtime. They also took a tough loss to the Spurs on Sunday. Can they beat any good Western Conference team?
Paul Pierce led the Celtics with a game-high 30 points in a 89-77 win over the Hornets. The win was bittersweet though, as the Celtics lost Ray Allen to a hyperextended thumb in the first half. According to the AP, Allen was seen wearing a wrap on his right hand in the locker room, but should be ready for Thursday night’s game against the Mavs.
The game was tied entering the final quarter, and that’s when the Celtics decided the game was over. The C’s used lockdown defense and effecient shooting to outscore the Hornets by 12 points in the fourth. Eddie House hit two threes and scored eight points to help the team pull away.
Chris Paul sat for the first five minutes, and the Celtics raced to a 79-67 lead, proving how valuable the point guard really is. Paul was playing in his first game back after missing four games to a right groin strain. He finished with 13 points and five assists.
Former Celtic swingman James Posey finished with six points in 26 minutes off the bench.
The Hornets are now off until after the All-Star break, but the Celtics still have one more game. They take on the Mavs Thursday night in Dallas before the Big Three heads to Phoenix for All-Star Weekend.