The Celtics started the second half yesterday with a 16-2 run to build an 80-43 lead, and with 8 minutes to go in the 3rd quarter the game was over. Seconds earlier Paul Pierce had thrown the Boston crowd into a frenzy when he ran into the stands after a foul, then high-fived fans on his way back to the court.
Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Rajon Rondo shot a combined 24-32 from the field. You’re not going to lose many games when your 3 best players shoot 75%. Pierce was also the game’s leading scorer with 24 point in just 17 minutes of action, something that hadn’t happened in a NBA game in twelve years.
Meanwhile Rondo’s stat line of 20 PTS, 16 AST, and 3 STL with just 1 turnover was unlike anything done in the playoffs since Tim Hardaway had a similar game in 1991. One assist in particular made me very eager to get home from the Garden and watch the highlights on TV, because when I saw it live I couldn’t figure out how it was possible.
Somehow Rondo threads the needle, gets the ball between Kirk Hinrich and Josh Smith, and into the hands of a streaking Garnett for the dunk. I rewound and watched this play about 15 times, and I still have no idea how he pulled it off. I’m convinced there is no better passer in the league than Rajon Rondo.
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