The Boston Celtics took a major advantage against the Miami Heat as they won in Miami and can now go home to close out the series. The Celtics have gone from the “old” Celtics to a winning team. TD Garden will surely be roaring when the C’s return home for Game 6 and KG will be doing the same. The men in green have all the momentum heading home.
“They jumped on us at the beginning of the game and we just told our guys to just hang in there. Just hang in there. Don’t overreact. Hang in there. The longer we’re in the game, the better we’ll play.”
– Celtics coach Doc Rivers
LeBron James and Dwyane Wade combined for 57 points but not a single other player registered in double figures for the Heat. For the Celtics, Garnett had 26 points and 11 rebounds while Paul Pierce scored 19 points.
Marquis Daniels was certainly prepared to play as he provided the spark to help the Celtics win their first game at home. The Celtics got 20+ points from three of their big four as Garnett, Pierce and Rondo all poured in the points.
LeBron James was unstoppable as he had 34 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists but did not receive a great deal of help from his partner in crime as Wade only added 18 points.
The 76ers got a stirring victory over the Celtics as they stunned the men in green with an 18 point comeback.
Down big and on the verge of having to go into Boston to fight for their playoff lives, Andre Iguoldala came up big, knocking down key shots including a shot clock beating triple.
Iguodala high scored for the Sixers with 16 points while Evan Turner also had 16 but shot at just 5-22 (22%) from the field.
“I thought, for the most part, we played decent defense. We just didn’t do it well enough in the last four or five minutes.”
– Boston forward Garnett.
Rajon Rondo was the Cs best, or at least close to it, with 15 points and 15 assists while Paul Pierce had 24 points on one knee.
Yet it seemed that the offence did not go through Garnett enough, as he had only 9 points. When he has a big night and gets lots of touches, the Celtics seem to win. When he does not, they appear to struggle. An interesting thought to carry into Game 5 in Boston.
The Hawks may of gotten back Josh Smith and Al Horford back into the lineup but it made little difference as the Celtics cruised to a dominant 22 points win in the last game before Atlanta. With the win, the Celtics take a 3-1 series lead into Atlanta next game. Paul Pierce led all scorers with 24 points in only 16 minutes of play. Rajon Rondo set the pace early with 10 assists in the first half and finished with 20 points and 16 assists in another clinical display.
The Hawks struggled all night and the individual scores reflect this. Usual high scorer Joe Johnson only had 9 points while Josh Smith led all scorers for the Hawks with 15 points on his return from injury but struggled with touch, shooting just 5-13 from the field. The Hawks as a team shot quite well, hitting 40 percent of their shots, but they were simply overwhelmed by an always loud TD Garden crowd and the Celtics 50 percent shooting display. Simply a great win for the Cs to take onto the road.
The Dynamic Duo for the Oklahoma City dominated the Chicago Bulls as they easily encountered for the Eastern Conference leaders. Westbrook had 27 points while Kevin Durant closed in on Kobe Bryant for the scoring leader on the season with 27 points and 10 rebounds.
All five starters scored 10 points or more as the Boston Celtics had a huge win against the Miami Heat, winning by 19 points. Rajon Rondo had a big triple double with 16 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds. Paul Pierce had 23 points in the win.
With Nene and Trevor Booker out, the Washington Wizards were unable to beat the Toronto Raptors despite John Wall’s double double. Andrea Bargnani had 18 points and 8 rebounds for the Raptors
Arron Afflalo and Ty Lawson had 22 points and 25 respectively as the Denver Nuggets took down a Dwight Howard-less Orlando Magic Jameer Nelson led both teams with 27 points and 5 assists, but it wasn’t enough for the Magic to win.
Danny Granger’s 32 points pulled the Indiana Pacers over the Houston Rockets in overtime. Courtney Lee had 20 points while Goran Dragic had 22 points and 6 assists in the two point loss.
Jared Dudley had 21 points and Steve Nash had 14 assists as the Phoenix Suns defeated the New Orleans Hornets, despite Grant Hill not playing. Marco Bellinelli led the Hornets with 14 points.
In a match up of two of the best forwards in the NBA, Kevin Love’s Minnesota Timberwolves fell to LaMarcus Aldridge’s Portland Trailblazers. Aldridge had 26 points while Nicolas Batum had 24.
Mr Bryant, take a bow. Barely 24 hours after his horrible performance against the Hornets, Bryant scored 40 points in the Lakers win over the Golden State Warriors. Ramon Sessions seems to be fitting in well with the Lakers as well, scoring 23 points and dishing out 9 assists. David Lee had 27 but shot the ball poorly.
Ryan Anderson’s 7 threes paced the Orlando Magic as they took down the Toronto Raptors by 16 points. Dwight Howard also had a double double, scoring 23 points including 7-10 from the free throw line. Gary Forbes top scored for the Raptors with 21 points while Linas Kleiza had 18 points off the bench.
Rodney Stuckey’s buzzer beater led the Detroit Pistons over the Washington Wizards. The Wizards gave up yet another big lead to the Pistons, something that has become a habit over the past couple of games. Stuckey high scored for the Pistons with 24 points.
The Boston Celtics cruised to an easy win over the Charlotte Bobcats, carried by Paul Pierce’s 36 points and 10 rebounds. Garnett kept his good run going, scoring 24 points, looking like the Garnett of old. Gerald Henderson led the Cats with 21 points
Indiana had a big win against the drooping Miami Heat, winning by 15 points. Danny Granger, matching up with LeBron James, had 24 for the Pacers as all 5 starters scored in double figures. James and Wade both had 24 apiece.
After their big game against the Hawks, the Jazz accounted for the New Jersey Nets with ease. Millsap had 24 for Utah while Deron Williams had 17 and 11 assists for New Jersey, but shot poorly, only 7-21 from the field. Gerald Green had 20 off the bench.
Without Stoudemire or Lin in the line-up, Carmelo Anthony finally returned to form, scoring 28 points and pull down 12 rebounds as the Knicks beat the Bucks. The injury plagued Knicks fended off the surging Bucks for a little longer in the battle for the 8th seed in the East.
JaVale McGee got the start and helped deliver a big win for his team as the Denver Nuggets triumphed over the Chicago Bulls. Ty Lawson took advantage of Derrick Rose’s continued absence, scoring 27 points. Afflalo also played big, scoring 22 for the Nuggets. CJ Watson led the Bulls with 17 points.
DeMarcus Cousin’s monster game was not enough to lead the Kings over the Rockets as they were defeated in OT. The Rockets had a big team game, with 7 players scoring in double figures. Patrick Patterson led the way with 24 off the bench while new recruit Earl Boykins had 10 points.
A big game from Chris Paul was more than sufficient as the Clippers beat the Hornets by 12. Paul had 25 points and 10 assists, while Blake Griffin had 20 points as well as 7 rebounds and 5 assists.
The Wizards gave up a 20 point lead and weren’t able to follow up one win with another, losing to the Indiana Pacers. New recruit Nene struggled in his second outing for the franchise, only scoring 6 points while Roy Hibbert ran rampant for the Pacers, scoring 19 points on 8-14 shooting. Jordan Crawford led the Wizards, with 21 points for the home team, continuing his hot run.
Paul Pierce over took Clyde Drexler for 26th place on the all-time scoring list with 25 points and Rajon Rondo had a double-double with 10 points and 14 assists as the Celtics stopped the Buck’s winning streak. Garnett also chipped in 16 points and 10 rebounds. Brandon Jennings led the way for the Bucks scoring 19 points for the home team, and new recruit Monta Ellis dished out 7 assists in the loss.
The New Orleans Hornets took an emotional win over the LA Clippers in favourite son Chris Paul’s return to New Orleans. Chris Kaman had a big game against his former team, scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds but turning the ball over 7 times. Chris Paul had 16 points in his former arena, but teammate Blake Griffin was the high point man with 23 points, bouncing back after his 7 point performance.
Chandler Parsons’ 20 and 11 helped the Rockets blow out the Golden State Warriors by 26 points. Still without Steph Curry, the Warriors struggled to find the scoring necessary to be competitive. Luis Scola had 18 for the Rockets while recently signed Richard Jefferson lead the way off the bench for the Warriors with 14 points.
The Utah Jazz have won five in a row, with Al Jefferson tipping in the game winner to go with his 26 points. Gordon Hayward and Derek Favors also came up big for the visitors, scoring 18 and 12 respectively. After telling his team to leave John Salmons in the starting lineup after two consecutive wins, Tyreke Evans came off the bench scored a team high 25 points for the home team.
The new look Trailblazers had a big win over the Memphis Grizzlies, coming back in the 4th to win at home. Nicolas Batum was the high scorer for the ‘Blazers, pouring in 24 points while Jamal Crawford had a big game of the bench, scoring 17 for the Trailblazers. Marc Gasol lead the Grizzlies with 22 as Gilbert Arenas saw his first action for his new team, with 2 points, 2 steals and 3 assists.
The ‘Cats horrific season continued as the 76’ers seem hell bent on proving that a team can make it far in this league of stars without one. 6 players scored in double figures for the visitors, with both Thaddeus Young and Jrue Holiday scoring 20 points to lead them. There was very little resistance from the Bobcats, but winning is far from Michael Jordan’s team’s mind at the moment. Kemba Walker put up some encouraging numbers, scoring 13 points and dishing out 5 assists backing up starter DJ Augustine.
The rookie combination in Cleveland is beginning to come together, with Kyrie Iriving and Tristan Thompson putting up big points between them. Thompson, handed the start, scored 27 points for the Cavs, while Kyrie continued on his charge towards the Rookie of the Year award with 26 points and 7 assists. Deron Williams scored 28 to lead all scorers for the Nets but could not contain the rookie sensation. Gerald Wallace also came up big for his new team, posting 27 points in the loss.
Joe Johnson’s 25 were not enough to overcome the combined efforts of the Boston Celtics Big 4. All of Pierce, Garnett, Allen and Rondo scored in double digits. Sharpshooter Ray Allen led the pack with 19 points, including 4-6 from behind the arc. Garnett also continued his mid-season revival with 16 points and 8 rebounds, and his defence was pivotal keeping Hawks star Josh Smith to 10 points on 5-20 shooting from the field.
Even a Derrick Rose-less Chicago Bulls were easily able to account for the Orlando Magic, sending the Floridian team to its second defeat in a row, both to the leaders of the East. The Magic struggled all night against a suffocating Bulls defence, with Orlando unable to score 20 points in any quarter, and hit rock bottom in the 4th with 11 points. Carlos Boozer paced the Bulls with 24 points whilst John Lucas continued with his surprising form scoring 20 points off the bench. Superstar centre Dwight Howard was the only one who offered any resistance with 18 points and 12 rebounds.
Trying to avoid an 8 game road skid, the Dallas Mavericks have come out of Denver with a win next to their name. Wilson Chandler played big minutes off the bench for the home team in his return to Denver, yet George Karl left JaVale McGee on the bench for the game, opting to play Kosta Koufos as the back up centre instead. Afflalo led the Nuggets with 24 but it was Dirk Nowitzkis near triple double of 33 points 11 rebounds and 6 assists that proved to be the difference between the two teams.
Steph Curry was absent for yet another game as the Kevin Love led Timberwolves took care of business at home against the Golden State Warriors. Love powered the ‘Wolves all night with 36 points and 17 rebounds. In a battle of the big men, David Lee also had a good game, with 25 points and 9 rebounds to lead the Warriors, but it was not enough to overcome the Love show.