Monday, February 11, 2013

Improbably Victory

Paul Pierce and the Boston Celtics welcomed the hottest team in the NBA on Sunday night, the Denver Nuggets. It took three overtime periods, but the Celtics pulled out their seventh victory in a row, now claiming the hottest team title for themselves.

After the Clippers win, we all expected it to be tough to find a better win... the Celtics did Thursday night against the Lakers. Fans had the same reaction, but Sunday night topped it once again. Paul Pierce owned the night, finishing with his most impressive triple-double of his career: 27 points, 14 rebounds, and 14 assists. Pierce knocked down an off balance three pointer with five seconds left in double overtime to tie the game up when it looked like it may finally be coming to an end. Kevin Garnett had a big night as well finishing with 20 points, 18 boards, and six assists of his own. Keep in mind that the aging veterans racked up the minutes, Pierce (54) Garnett (47), and will have to go at it again Monday night in Charlotte.

Jason Terry and Jeff Green were huge parts of the game coming off the bench for 42 and 41 minutes respectively. Green had some huge shots in clutch spots to tally 17 points. Terry had his best night in a Celtic uniform with 26 points, but most important was his steal on Andre Miller towards the end of the third overtime.

As mentioned Boston will go at it with the Bobcats on the road on Monday night. We'll see if they are up to the challenge after a long night. The Celtics will be going for their eight victory in a row before playing the Bulls on Wednesday in their last game before the All-Star break, some much deserved rest.

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