Doc's accused his team of playing "too cool" against the Bulls. The message was heard loud and clear and the team responded the way they should have, by getting a solid win against a very good opponent on the road.
Boston (31- 24) took the reigns early on, leading by 15 at one point in the first half before entering halftime with a 43-33 edge. Indiana outscored Boston, 16-13, in the third, but Pierce had 13 of the team's third-quarter points and the Celtics steered clear of the Pacers in the fourth, outscoring the opposition 27-21 to bring their two-game losing streak to an end. Rajon Rondo had eight assists in the first half and finished with 12 dimes and four points. Ray Allen, who came off the bench with Avery Bradley (four points) in the starting lineup, had 19 points and Kevin Garnett finished with 15 points and seven boards. Greg Stiemsma had an impressive first half and totaled 10 points, nine rebounds and five blocks.
Next up: the Atlantic Division rival Sixers.