According to Doc Rivers, the Key Moment of Boston’s 100-89 win over the Charlotte Bobcats Monday night was when the final buzzer sounded and the Celtics owned a lead. He wasn’t comfortable until that very moment.
“I think with two minutes left I subbed Kevin, so I obviously didn’t feel comfortable,” Rivers said after the game. “That team – what’s tough about them, they have shot-makers. And so a 10-point lead if Ben Gordon’s on the floor is not safe.”
Rivers has good reason for those comments. Gordon has gone off against the Celtics in the past, including an epic playoff series back in 2009. In addition to Gordon, guys like Kemba Walker, Ramon Sessions and Gerald Henderson have established themselves as shot-makers in this league.
Boston witnessed that first hand tonight. Charlotte trailed by as many as 18 points (11 at halftime), yet it shot itself back into the game early in the third quarter. However, the Celtics never fell behind and they held on for their sixth win in a row.
Monday’s win sure wasn’t a comfortable one, but it was a win nonetheless. Rivers can sleep well knowing that Charlotte’s shot-makers were kept in line.
Key Box Score Line
Prior to Monday night’s game, a reporter asked Rajon Rondo why his assists have been down of late. Rondo, in a joking manner, took exception to the comment. He essentially said wins come before stats, and that he was happy that the C’s had reeled off five straight W’s. He is even more happy now that he was able to rack up his third triple-double of the season while helping the Celtics extend their winning streak to six games.
Rondo was a magician with the ball while tallying 17 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists against the Bobcats. He shot the ball incredibly well, nailing eight of his 11 attempts. Heck, he even hit a running 3-pointer from half-court as the game clock expired in the first half, though the shot was deemed too late to count.
This was Rondo’s best performance in quite some time. He did accumulate a triple-double on January 5, but tonight’s performance was three points and two assists better. Rondo’s assist-to-turnover ratio of 6-to-1 was also a sparkling statistic.
Box Score Nuggets
- Avery Bradley's four 3s doubled the total from all of Charlotte's starters.
- Paul Pierce scored a game-high 19 points.
- The teams finished with nearly identical percentages from the free-throw line: 70.0 percent for Boston and 70.8 percent for Charlotte.
- Avery Bradley scored a season-high 16 points.
- Kevin Garnett tied Rajon Rondo for the game high in rebounds with 10.
- Rondo grabbed a triple-double with 17 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists.
- Charlotte was whistled for two technical fouls and one Flagrant 1 foul.
- The Celtics never trailed in the game and led by as many as 18 points.
- Six Bobcats scored in double-figures, led by Hakim Warrick's 16 points.
- Kemba Walker shot just 4-for-16 from the field.
- Boston outrebounded Charlotte 42-34 and outassisted the Bobcats 27-15.
- Both teams committed 15 turnovers.
- Six Celtics blocked at least one shot, with Brandon Bass and Bradley blocking two apiece.
Quote of the Night
When guys are wide open in transition, its easier for me to pick the teams apart. Rajon Rondo on his transition offense