Monday, April 21, 2008
This game was tied for 49 seconds, then Atlanta took a 2-0 lead for 23 seconds, then tied for 56 more seconds, then Paul Pierce hit a three and the game was over.
The C's didn't have their A game, but their B+ game was more than enough to keep the Hawks on the ground. Apart from a few rebounds that weren't gathered up, the Celtics simply outclassed Atlanta in all aspects of the game. The Hawks were held to 38.2% from the field, and the Celtics shot 46.9% (including 56.3% from beyond the arc).
It was a typical team effort from the C's. None of them had more than 20 points, but 6 of them had 10 or more. KG had a double-double with 16 points and 10 boards. He also threw in 4 assists. Rondo also had a good all around night, racking up 15 points, 9 assists, 6 rebounds, and 2 steals.
Game 2 is Wednesday night at The Garden.