Just a quick recap of tonight’s game. Jay is at his five-year high school reunion tonight, while my focus will be on writing a game preview for the Notre Dame-USC football game at my new site, Slapthesign.com.
Rajon Rondo picked up right where he left off, returning to the court after missing three games with a strained hamstring and dishing out 14 assists–eight coming in the first frame.
Boston had a comfortable, double-digit lead throughout most of the game, though the Celtics were outscored 34-24 in the fourth quarter. The Raptors cut the defecit to single-digits a few times, but this game was never in doubt as Boston won its third consecutive game, 110-101 at the TD Bank Garden.
Kevin Garnett played with phenomenal energy all game long, propelling the Celtics with 26 points and 11 rebounds. Shaq also looked energized and as spry as I’ve seen him recently, going up for a few alley oops and even driving past Bargnani from the elbow all the way to the tin on one play. Shaq scored 16 points and pulled down nine rebounds.
Paul Pierce added 18 points, while Ray Allen made three three-pointers on his way to 17 points. He also dished out eight assists. Glen Davis scored 18 points off the bench, including 10 fourth quarter points. It was great to see Davis play well offensively after his recent slump.
Linas Kleiza led the Raptors with 18 points. Jose Calderon notched a double-double with 12 points and 15 assists.
Everyone seemed to play well, but Rondo was the catalyst. Rondo’s excellent passing became contagious and the Celtics moved the ball crisply and unselfishly. With Rondo back manning the point, the offense took on a whole other dimension it lacked when Robinson was running the show.
Rajon, its mighty nice to have you back.