The Boston Celtics shot 50% from the field and 61% from 3 point range last night in Denver, leading to a 114-76 blow-out victory over the Nuggets. Rajon Rondo covered his point guard duties well with 14 points, 8 assists, and 8 rebounds. Paul Pierce (22 points) and Ray Allen (26 points) served as the main scorers for Boston, combining for 48 points. Last nights victory marked their second win in a row after handling the playoff bound Suns in Phoenix last Sunday night 128-108.
The C’s are gaining confidence that they can come together and win games without All-Star teammate Kevin Garnett, who should be cleared to play in 2-3 weeks after straining a muscle in his right knee. Leon Powe stepped up last night, netting 16 points in his 30 minutes played. Powe along with Glen Davis have recently been receiving more minutes due to KG’s absence and have assured their team they can pick up the slack.
Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith scored for 19 and 18 points respectively for the Nuggets, but their efforts were not able to help Denver close the gap at any point in the game. Boston lead at the half 60-37 and the lead blossomed even more from there. The C’s were looking for revenge after Denver gave them one of their four total losses this season in November at the Garden. Rajon Rondo said coach Doc Rivers “gave a great motivational speech. He told us they bullied us last time.” This time around the Celtics certainly showed who the better team was, increasing the deficit to 38 points by the time the final horn sounded.
Look for the Celtics next game as they travel to LA this Wednesday to take on the Clippers at 10:30 pm.
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