Ford Keys to the Game: Celtics 93, Bobcats 62
Celtics 93, Bobcats 62
The key moment of this game is when the ball was tossed up for tip off, because it was over when it started. With such a blowout in the books, we’re going to go outside of the box for tonight’s key moment and highlight the Celtics’ defensive performance from start to finish.
This game was ugly from the start, but the Celtics forced it to play out that way. Boston gave one of the most dominant defensive performances this organization has ever given. Falling just five points shy of the all-time low for an opponent, the C’s limited Charlotte to just 62 points over the course of the game. Only two Bobcats players were able to break into double-digits in scoring while the rest of the team was held in check for the entire 48 minutes.
Anemic may be an understatement for the numbers Charlotte accrued tonight. Those 62 points came on just 33.8 percent shooting from the field and the team was able to connect on just one of its 11 3-point attempts. Boston’s defense was so good, in fact, that the Bobcats couldn’t even forget about it while they were at the free-throw line. They hit just 13 of their 23 attempts from the charity stripe.
It felt as if the C’s were taking on a collegiate team tonight, and the numbers will indicate as much. The defense was as powerful as ever tonight, and it didn’t let up for a second of the game. That’s why this one was over from the second it began and the Celtics can head into their three-day break with smiles on their faces and a 10-game winning streak in their back pocket.
Key Box Score Line
This is what the Celtics want out of Marquis Daniels. Finish easy baskets, be a factor on the glass and make things happen at the defensive end. He did all of that, and then some, tonight in Charlotte.
Daniels finished with 10 points off the bench that included a season-best two 3-pointers. He shot 4-of-7 from the field overall, but the offense wasn’t what garnered most of the attention. On top of his scoring, Daniels cleaned up the glass for six boards. At the defensive end, he followed suit and dominated his matchups. He finished the night with three steals and a block.
It wasn’t the flashiest performance, or the box score that showcases huge numbers, but it was the one that stood out above the rest. Daniels provided more than 25 minutes of phenomenal energy and play tonight, and if he can do that on a regular basis, the rest of the league is in a whole lot of trouble.
Box Score Nuggets
- Two Celtics (Ray Allen and Glen Davis) scored 16 points, and two others (Semih Erden and Marquis Daniels) scored 10.
- Paul Pierce struggled offensively for the second consecutive game, finishing with just eight points on 1-of-9 shooting.
- Erden had a career night, notching career highs of 10 points, seven rebounds, four blocks and nearly 41 minutes of playing time.
- Charlotte shot just 33.8 percent and made only one of its 11 3-point attempts.
- The Celtics finished with 15 steals, led by Rondo's five and Daniels' three.
- Boston shot 23-of-28 from the free-throw line. It made as many free throws as Charlotte attempted.
- The Celtics outrebounded Charlotte 48-38.
- Kevin Garnett finished with a game-high 11 rebounds.
- Davis scored exactly 16 points for the fourth consecutive game and fifth time in his last six games.
- No Celtic player made more than six field goals.
- Von Wafer racked up four assists, second only to Rajon Rondo on the team, in just more than 12 minutes of playing time.
- Both teams attempted 71 field goals.
Quote of the Night
Paul Pierce on Boston's defense: "The defense is really kicking in. We’re finding ways to turn guys over when we’re not shooting well. We have active hands, keeping teams off the fast break, keeping them off the line, any of those little things."