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Not the prettiest game we've ever seen.  The 5th in 7 nights.  Night two of a back to back and home and home (a pretty ugly combo).  To borrow from Max, the Celtics gutted this one out, and found a way to win.  Some thoughts:

  • Pierce carried the team tonight on the offensive end.  Without Paul's great play, the Celtics aren't in the game, but we would be remiss not to point out that Paul missed a game clinching free throw with seconds to go.   Doh!  Thankfully, everything worked out in the end and the Captain added another page to his legend. 
  • Scal and Gabe both factored prominently into the comeback.  Scal hit  back to back threes and Gabe hit a three giving the Celtics the lead in the fourth.  Eddie hit a big three down the stretch as well.
  • Defense was the story in the fourth, with the Celtics giving up a stingy 15 in the final quarter, inclusive of Bargnani's game-tying three off a scrambled offensive rebound. 
  • The offense flowed quite a bit better in overtime, with Ray and Paul both hitting important threes.
  • KG dominated defensively in the fourth quarter, setting the tone and really crushing the Raptors' chances of winning this game.  
BOSTON CELTICS
STARTERS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
Ray Allen, SG 43 5-10 1-3 1-1 2 5 5 0 0 2 2 +4 12
Rajon Rondo, PG 40 4-9 0-0 1-2 0 5 8 3 2 1 0 +4 9
Kevin Garnett, PF 40 7-15 0-0 6-6 3 12 2 2 2 1 4 +4 20
Paul Pierce, SF 49 13-26 3-8 10-11 1 9 4 1 0 5 4 +11 39
Brian Scalabrine, PF 27 4-9 3-7 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 1 3 -1 11
BENCH MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
Tony Allen, SG Has not entered game
Sam Cassell, PG Has not entered game
Eddie House, SG 13 2-4 2-4 0-0 0 1 2 0 1 0 1 +2 6
Gabe Pruitt, PG 10 1-4 1-2 0-0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 +2 3
Bill Walker, SG Has not entered game
Glen Davis, PF 11 2-4 0-0 1-1 3 5 1 1 0 1 4 0 5
Patrick O'Bryant, C Has not entered game
Leon Powe, PF 26 4-7 0-0 2-5 4 7 1 0 0 1 5 +6 10
Kendrick Perkins, C Has not entered game
TOTALS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF   PTS
42-88 10-24 21-26 13 46 26 7 5 12 23   115
47.7% 41.7% 80.8% Team TO (pts off): 12 (4)