Celtics Rout Nets, 111-87

The Nets really showed why they own the NBA's worst record tonight. Besides New Jersey showing signs of a pulse with a 9-0 run in the third quarter, this game was owned by the Celtics. On the plus side, the starters finally received some much needed rest, as none of them played over 28 minutes and all of them got to sit out the entire fourth quarter.

  • Paul Pierce banged his right knee (the one that was infected) on two separate occasions, but showed no ill effects. Doc yanked him after the second one with 1:36 left in the third, just to be safe.
  • It was a good night for padding one's stats as Rondo dished out 14 assists and Pierce tallied 24 points. The C's also most definitely increased their already league-leading point differential, which was +6.88 coming into tonight's game.
  • Rondo wasn't the only one dishing the ball tonight. The C's as a team racked up 11 assists on their 12 first quarter baskets. For the game: 30 assists on 43 baskets.
  • Boston had 71 points at halftime. I lost count of the number of old-fashioned three-point play opportunities the C's had throughout the game.
  • Brian Scalabrine played well once again in his starting role, finishing the night with 11 points, four rebounds and four assists.
  • Nice to see Tony Allen taking flight again. He converted a right-handed alley-oop slam (while flying in from behind the backboard) off a feed from Pierce. Is Pierce the best lob passing small forward in the league? He's making a case for it. Either way, it was vintage TA.
  • Not to be outdone, Bill Walker, who played the final six minutes of the fourth quarter, took off two steps in from the free throw line and dunked hard on Josh Boone with 2:37 left. He converted a nice looking jump shot with 5:24 to play as well. Love the dunk, but I was even more excited about the jumper. 
  • Nice stint for Glen Davis, as well. He finished with 13 points, with 11 of those coming in the first half when the C's were really putting this game away. Took a nice whack to the thumb in the fourth. I'm sure Eddie Lacerte will be keeping an eye on that one.

No time for the Celtics to relax, though, as they'll take on the 16-20 Bulls tomorrow night in Boston. Chicago struggled earlier this season, but the Bulls are 6-4 in their last 10 games. The Celtics won't be able to walk over them like they did the Nets tonight. Fortunately, the starters earned that much needed rest and should be good to go tomorrow night.

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