Paul Pierce ignited his Celtics with 29 points, 14 assists and five rebounds during Boston’s 102-98 victory over the Orlando Magic yesterday at TD Garden. The Celtics captain was the best player on the floor from start to finish just one night after dropping 43 points on the New York Knicks.
“I wanted to just be aggressive, looking to score, and when they collapse I just wanted to make the easy pass,” said Pierce. “I just wanted to make the right plays when the ball’s in my hand down the stretch.”
The W led Boston to clinch the Atlantic Division for the fifth consecutive season, setting themselves up for home court advantage in the first round if their record can top the Hawks.
The C’s were without Ray Allen (sore right ankle) and Rajon Rondo (sore lower back). Avery Bradley shot 10-of-14 for 23 points and Brandon Bass contributed 21 points on 7-of-11 shooting. Kevin Garnett contributed 15 points while pulling down 9 rebounds. Former Celtic Glen Davis, starting in place of Dwight Howard, led Orlando with 27 points.
Celtics coach Doc Rivers confirmed earlier that Rondo, Allen and Mickael Pietrus will not travel with the team for their final road game Friday night against the Atlanta Hawks. Boston will conclude it’s regular season at home April 24th against the Miami Heat and April 26th against the Milwaukee Bucks. Boston Celtics tickets are now available!