Friday, February 13, 2009
The Celtics have struggled in close games lately, but last night they turned that trend around. And going into the All-Star break, it was the perfect time to do so.
Paul Pierce's 31 points, and Rajon Rondo's triple-double (19 points, 14 assists, 15 rebounds) spearheaded the Celtics' efforts. The C's were down by 15 at one point in the 3rd, but they outplayed the Mavericks down the stretch. They made their last 9 free throws. Pierce was 5 for 7 in the 4th, with 19 points.
Had the Celtics lost last night, they would have been in a 2-3 slump going into the break with a sour taste in their mouths. Now they have something good to sit back and rest with.
All-Star Game is Sunday night.
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