Monday, January 7, 2013

Celtics Rally in Atlanta

A night after a convincing win against the Pacers, the Celtics came out sleep walking, ending up down 15 points at halftime. But they came out of the locker room with determination, led by Paul Pierce (17 3rd quarter points) and Rajon Rondo (second triple-double of the season). Boston won the third quarter 33-9 and then were able to maintain the lead in the fourth. Atlanta had only 28 total second half points as the Celtics reignited the defensive effort from Friday night that they had lacked in the first half.

Pierce and Rondo were tremendous in leading the effort. Pierce totaled 26 points on the game along with nine rebounds and five assists. Rondo tallied 14 points, 11 boards and 10 dimes on the evening. Kevin Garnett contributed 14 points and was outstanding on the defensive end during Boston's second half rally.

Pierce played the role of superman again for the Celtics and was able to save the day as he has a few times in the past month. Rondo was the key as he has been in most victories this season. The Celtics will try and stay hot, as well as improve to .500 on Monday night in an important divisional game against the Knicks.

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